Bauchi - Abdon Gin An, the Head of Service (HOS), Bauchi State, on Thursday said that the government owed its retirees a gratuity backlog of N11 billion.
The HOS, who said this at a news conference in Bauchi, also added that an average of 50 civil servants retired every month from the state’s civil service.
He said the development had led to high number of pensioners in the state which currently stood at 7 192.
The HOS said the increasing number of retires could be due to massive retirement on the attainment of 35 years of service or 60 years of age, as stipulated in the civil service rule.
"Also of importance is the fact that workers no longer alter their dates of first appointment or date of birth, as was the case in the past,'' he said.
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He said that the increasing number of retirees, coupled with the ever-dwindling resources from the Consolidated Revenue Fund, had led to the gratuity backlog.
Gin, however, said that steps were being taken to off-set the backlog.
The HOS disclosed that to ensure prompt payment of pension and gratuity entitlements to retirees, the government had started arrangements to adopt the modified Contributory Pension Scheme in the state.
He said that a committee had already been inaugurated to that effect and it had been working for the take-off of the scheme.
Gin said that the scheme, if constituted, would solve the problem of gratuity and pension payments which remained a challenge, especially for states that were yet to key into the scheme.
He said that Governor Isa Yuguda had done a lot for pensioners in the state from the inception of his administration in 2007 to date.