Abuja - Bayelsa State is confident all pensioners and retirees will get their payments despite a heavy backlog.
State Governor, Seriake Dickson, has directed the State Pensions and Gratuities Committee, led by the Head of Service, Sir Fraser Okuoru, to accelerate the payment of the next batch of retirees and pensioners in the region.
The government has released N500 million to alleviate the hardships these members of the community were experiencing.
“Even though the heavy backlog of unpaid pensions and gratuities were inherited by the present administration, it will not relent in its efforts at ensuring that every genuine retiree is paid his or her benefits to the fullest,” said Dickson.
He appealed to the retirees and pensioners to cooperate and appreciate the current efforts of Government.
The Governor reaffirmed the resolve of his administration to settle all outstanding gratuities and pensions in batches until the backlog owed is cleared.
He thanked pensioners and retirees for their show of maturity, discipline understanding, especially with the committee and advised them to exercise patience, and not allow themselves to be used by “mischief makers to fan the embers of discord.”
Pensioners in the state had earlier threatened to drag the state government to court over the continued failure of the latter to pay their gratuities which they put at N3.5bn.
The aggrieved pensioners warned that they might be forced to embark on a peaceful protest on the streets of the state capital at the end of this month, if the government failed to pay them, adding that they would subsequently later take legal action against the government.
– CAJ News