Taraba Governor Approves N1 Billion for Workers’ Gratuity

Taraba State Governor, Agbu Kefas has approved one billion naira to offset backlog of 14 years gratuity owed workers in the state.

Emmanuel Bello, Governor Kefas Special Adviser on Media and Digital Communication, in a statement said the approval is part of the present administration’s commitments to ensure welfare of workers in the state.

WikkiTimes understand that since 2021, the state government has not settled gratuity owed retired workers, hence the decision of the government to bring smile to the face of the retired workers who dedicated their time and energy in the service of the state.

“Governor Kefas, while signing the approval, directed the ministry of finance to ensure immediate payments of the overdue entitlements. He regretted the delays and said his government would not abandon workers who had served their fatherland diligently” he said. 

Similarly, Governor Kefas has also approved that the sum of N200 million be set aside each month to offset the backlog and continue the payments. 

The Media Aide recalled that Governor Kefas had during electioneering campaigns, promised to offset pensions and gratuity in spite of the huge backlog. 

“The governor noted that it is unrighteous to deny workers who have slaved over the years their entitlements. He noted that his government will continue to service and make prompt payments of salaries, pension payments, and gratuities”, he added. 

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The statement also quoted Rose Garba Ajiya, the Permanent Secretary, Pensions, assuring pensioners that the gesture will effectively end many years of anguish and frustration of aged pensioners, noting that herself and her team are well prepared to begin payments as all records are available and accurately kept.


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