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  • Updated: March 03, 2024

Zamfara: Lawal clears N2.3 bn owed state, local govt pensioners

Zamfara: Lawal clears N2.3 bn owed state, local govt  pensio

The Governor of Zamfara State, Dauda Lawal has commenced payment of N2.3 billion retirement benefits of local and state government pensioners in the state.

The governor's spokesperson, Bala Idris who made the disclosure in a statement on Sunday in Gusau, the state capital said the pensioners were last paid in 2011.

He explained that in order to clear the debt from the previous administrations, the state government verified a total of 3,079 retirees who were owed by the government.

He explained that 1,746 pensioners have already received two trenches of payments of their entitlements totalling N2,312,841,065.08.

He added that while verification and authentication of the pensioners is still ongoing, payments are being made to those that have been verified. 

The statement partly reads: “Tremendous progress has been made in verifying state and local government pensioners. Payment for the second tranche of verified pensioners’ gratuity commenced on Friday, March 1, 2024.

“A total of 413 verified pensioners from the state have been paid a sum of about NGN 682,228,647.38 [six hundred and eighty-two million, two hundred and twenty thousand, six hundred- and forty-seven-naira thirty-eight kobo only].

“Also, the payment of the second tranche of verified pensioners from local governments has commenced. A total of 403 verified pensioners from the local governments, amounting to N449,667,142.08 [four hundred and forty-nine million, six hundred and sixty-seven thousand, one hundred and forty-two naira, and eight kobo only], have been paid.

“Out of the 3079 pensioners who have been verified, 1746 have received their gratuity payments in two tranches from both the state and local governments.

“The total amount paid so far is N2,312,841,065.08 [two billion, three hundred and twelve million, eight hundred and forty-one thousand, sixty-five naira, and eight kobo only]."

 

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