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Gov. Kefas approves N1bn for gratuity payments



 From VICTOR GAI, Jalingo

Taraba State Governor, Dr. Agbu Kefas, has approved the sum of N1 billion for the payment of backlog of gratuities to retired workers.

The Nigeria Standard gathered that the last payments were made in 2011, 13 years ago.

A statement by the Special Adviser, Media and Digital Communications, to the Governor, Emmanuel Bello, said that the governor, while signing the approval, directed the Ministry of Finance to ensure immediate payments of the overdue entitlements.

He regretted the delays and assured that his government would not abandon workers who had served their fatherland diligently.

He said, “Apart from the initial one billion Naira, the governor also approved that a sum of 200 million be set aside each month to offset the backlog and continue the payments.

“It would be recalled that Dr. Agbu Kefas, during his campaign, promised to offset pensions and gratuity in spite of the huge backlog.”

The governor noted that it was wrong to deny workers who had slaved over the years their entitlements and pointed out that his government would continue to service and make prompt payments of salaries, pensions and gratuities.


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