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Zamfara pays over N4bn in backlog of gratuities to retired workers

Zamfara pays over N4bn in backlog of gratuities to retired w

Governor Dauda Lawal Dare

Governor Dauda Lawal has addressed the long-standing issue of gratuity payments for retired workers in Zamfara State.

This was contained in a statement by the spokesperson for the Zamfara Governor, Sulaiman Bala Idris on Friday. According to the statement, the backlog has been owed since 2011.

“The Zamfara State government has paid a total of N4,337,087,492.06 billion in four batches to state and local government retirees.

“In February, Governor Dauda Lawal set up a committee to validate retiree data and settle the gratuity debt that has accumulated since 2011 as part of his effort to sanitize the civil service in Zamfara State.

“After verifying the data of retired civil servants in Zamfara, the government discovered that state and local governments owed a total of N13.4 billion.

“In the first, second, and third tranches of payment, 1,088 verified state pensioners were paid their total gratuity entitlements. The total amount paid was N1,836,836,018.95

“This month, 284 verified state pensioners were paid their gratuity arrears worth N499,435,942.42 in the fourth batch. The total amount paid by the state pension rose to N2,336,271,961.37.

“Furthermore, a total of 1,744 retired Local Government and Primary School Teachers who retired between 2011 and 2018 have been paid N2,000,815,530.69 in four batches,” the statement added.

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