Oyo pays N8bn to retirees, introduces gratuity enquiry numbers

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OYO State Government has disclosed that 3,783 retirees under the state’s civil service, judicial service, teaching, non-teaching, as well as the local government service commission and primary school retirees have been paid N8billion as gratuity till the month of October, 2020.

  Commissioner for Establishment and Training, Prof. Daud Sangodoy and the Chairman, Local Government Service Commission and Local Government Staff Pension Board, Aderemi Ayodele, made this assertion separately to journalists in Ibadan, on Monday.

  Sangodoyin said the process of application for retirement and getting issued pension authority certificate as well as being eligible to be paid gratuity was foolproof.

  He hinted that 1304 among the retirees that belonged to the state’s main stream workforce like teaching, non-teaching, civil servants and those from the Judicial Service Commission have been paid till October, with Three Billion, Sixty Million Naira.

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  He said, “We have paid 1304 retirees their gratuities from June, 2019, to October, 2020, and the amount paid is Three Billion and Sixty Million Naira, the beneficiaries are in the categories of teaching, non-teaching, the judicial service commission and the civil servants.

  “The process is simple, you write that you are retiring and follow the due process till the papers get to the Auditor-General’s office and it gets back to the Ministry of Establishment where the pension authority certificate will be issued to the recipient, then the person is said to be eligible and on queue for his or her gratuity.

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“There is no need for anybody to approach a middleman to help. It is first come, first served. We have reeled out helpline numbers for anyone that has questions or has seen or heard something against the laid down rules of engagement, the numbers are 08056904055, 07087647032.”

  On workers training, the Commissioner for Establishment and Training, Prof Sangodoyin added that the state government has released #47million for the ongoing first phase of training for workers in different categories in the areas of business writing, expanded Microsoft training, leadership skills training, among others.

 Sangodoyin maintained that the government has vowed to continuously measure the impact of the training on the system and the workforce.

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  According to the Chairman, Local Government Service Commission and Local Government Pension Board, Aderemi Ayodele, said the Pension Board had been the flagship of the present administration as major promises made by Governor Seyi Makinde during election campaign period to workers and retirees were met.

  Aderemi said that the total of N4,930,689,626.38 has been paid to 2,459 retirees till October 2020.

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