In another stride towards prioritizing the welfare of pensioners, Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State has allocated an additional N1 billion towards gratuity payments. This recent disbursement comes as part of the state government’s ongoing efforts, having already released approximately N1.7 billion in the past six months for senior citizens.
The Permanent Secretary of the Bureau of State Pensions, Mr. Adesoji Adewuyi, announced the latest allocation from his office in Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, on Monday. He clarified that the funds would be disbursed in two batches, with the first batch addressing pensioners listed from October 2014, along with outstanding Basic, Rent, and Transport (BRT) allowances from March 2013. Additionally, pensioners with urgent medical needs will be considered from the gratuity.
The second batch of gratuity payments will cater to pensioners listed from November 2014, with remaining March and April 2013 BRT allowances also being addressed. Adewuyi expressed gratitude towards Governor Abiodun for his steadfast commitment to senior citizens’ welfare, emphasizing the positive impact this gesture will have on their lives. He urged patience from those awaiting payment, assuring them of the administration’s dedication to their cause.
This recent allocation covers various aspects, including full payments from September to November 2014, BRT balances from January to May 2013, gratuity for retired judges, pensioners facing health challenges, and gratuity for certain permanent secretaries. Beneficiaries expressed their gratitude for the governor’s consistency in fulfilling promises, praying for his continued guidance and protection in leading the state forward.