Makinde Has Paid N2.9Bn As Gratuity – Commissioner
By Henry Odeh
The Oyo State Commissioner for Establishment and Training, Prof Daud Sangodoyin, says the administration of Gov Seyi Makinde, has paid N2.9 billion as gratuity to about 1,800 retirees, between June 2019 and Sept 2020.
Sangodoyin disclosed this on Friday in Ibadan, during a symbolic presentation of cheques for gratuity to 91 retirees.
Our correspondent reports that N180 million is earmarked for the gratuity of the 91 retirees.
The Commissioner said the Makinde’s administration has been
giving gratuity of N180million monthly to state government retirees, in its determination to offset backlog of gratuity owning.
“From our own Ministry of Establishment and Training, we take care of the teachers, non teachers, Civil servants, the local government Commission, as well as Judicial service commission staff, which is about N28 billion now, that we are owning.
“If you look at it from the whole Oyo state, we have almost N64 billion gratuity to settle for all the workers in Oyo state. He said.
The commissioner said Gov Makinde had set up a committee headed by the Secretary to the State Government, Mrs Olubanwo Adeosun, to look at how well government could actually pay the backlog of gratuities so that retirees could get their money during their life time.
He said that N180 million being paid this October ending covered June 2013 retirees, and that
any retiree who retired by June 2013 and hasn’t gotten his or her gratuity is either not submitted paper “up to that point, so it’s not the government fault anymore.”
He warned retirees not to bribe any government officials for assistance to fastrack payment of their gratuities, saying such efforts or attempt would be a waste.
He maintained that the present administration is open and there won’t be shortcut for any deal.
The commissioner who asserted that welfarism was the cardinal point of the Makinde administration, stressed that the governor had been diligent in the payment of gratuity of the state retirees since he assumed office.
He further implored the beneficiaries to spend the money judiciously and abstain from reckless and irrational spending.
Two of the beneficiaries, Mrs Mary Ojediran and Mr James Olafihan, appreciated the Makinde’s administration for prioritising the payment of their gratuities.
The duo urged other retirees yet to get their gratuities to be patient, assuring that it would soon be their turn.