Story By Akinola Emmanuel, February 1, 2021
The Oyo State Government has paid up to three billion, four hundred and twenty million naira to clear the years 2012- 2013 unpaid gratuity.
The State paid another set of 76 retirees on Monday to make the payment of the arrears of accrued gratuity cover June 2012 to August 2013.
The Commissioner for Establishment and Training, Alh. ‘Siju Lawal made the this disclosure while presenting gratuity cheques to retirees for the month of August, 2013 held at the Ministry’s conference Hall in Ibadan.
According to Lawal, the State Government inherited unpaid gratuity debt of about #28billion from the previous administration for the outstanding from year 2012, as at May 2019 when the present administration received the mantle of leadership in Oyo State.
The Commissioner stated that the monthly release of #180million has helped to pay the whole of year 2012 gratuity and the payment, adding that the payment has stretched to the month of August 2013, as is always paid according to merit.
Lawal further disclosed that the Ministry of Establishment and Training was preparing to formally put all information about retirees in accessible, electronic computation model as demanded by Governor Seyi Makinde, in order to avoid loss of files and make the process faster.
He advised beneficiaries of the gratuity to invest wisely, be prudent in spending and live peacefully with others in order to enjoy a healthy and fulfilled life.
“This is another day of joy to our retirees that are benefiting from this quater’s payment of their gratuity.
“We believe they have gained one thing or the other from many trainings given by the government about life after retirement and how to survive the life of investments and private businesses.
“As demanded by the governor to aid accountability, avoid loss of vital data and to make the processing of documentation faster, we are starting electronic computation of the data soon,” he announced.
In their remarks, some of the beneficiaries like Mr Tijani Sikiru on behalf of others, appreciated the State Government for its hand of love in the payment of outstanding gratuity, while he prayed that the Governor Seyi Makinde led administration will succeed in all its citizens-friendly policies.