*pays gratuity of another 76 retirees
By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Oyo State Government under the leadership of Governor Seyi Makinde inherited unpaid gratuity debt of about N28billion from the previous administration for the outstanding from year 2012.
This was disclosed on Monday by the state Commissioner for Establishment and Training, Alhaji ‘Siju Lawal while presenting gratuity cheques to 76 retirees for the month of August, 2013 held at the Ministry of Establishment and Training conference Hall in Ibadan.
Alhaji Lawal declared that the Governor Makinde government has paid up to three billion, four hundred and twenty million naira to clear the years 2012- 2013 unpaid gratuity.
“This is another day of joy to our retirees that are benefiting from this quarter’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”, he said.
The Commissioner added that the monthly release of N180million 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.
Speaking further, he said the Ministry of Establishment and Training was preparing to formally put all information about retirees in accessible, electronic computation model as demanded by Gov Seyi Makinde, ” in order to avoid loss of files and make the process faster.”
“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.”
The Commissioner then tasked 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.
Speaking for the beneficiaries Mr Tijani Sikiru appreciated Oyo 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.