Akwa Ibom to de­fray ar­rears of gra­tu­ities to 247 LG pen­sion­ers

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The Akwa Ibom Gov­ern­ment says it has con­cluded plans to pay ar­rears of gra­tu­ities owed 247 re­tirees from some lo­cal gov­ern­ment ar­eas.

The state Ac­coun­tant Gen­eral, Mr Uwem An­drew, dis­closed this yes­ter­day in Uyo in a state­ment an­nounc­ing the sched­ule for the pay­ment.

The state­ment ex­plained that the se­lected 247 lo­cal gov­ern­ment pen­sion­ers were those left out in the pre­vi­ous in­ter­ven­tions by the state gov­ern­ment.

The state gov­ern­ment, how­ever, said its ges­ture was only an in­ter­ven­tion, stress­ing that pay­ment of salaries and gra­tu­ities to teach­ers and lo­cal gov­ern­ment em­ploy­ees was still the sole re­spon­si­bil­ity of lo­cal coun­cils.

Ac­cord­ing to An­drew, the ben­e­fi­cia­ries were drawn from 10 lo­cal gov­ern­ment ar­eas of Abak, Eket, Etim Ekpo, Eti­nan, Ibe­sikpo/Asu­tan, Ikono, Oron, Ukana­fun, Uruan and Uyo.

An­drew di­rected the prospec­tive ben­e­fi­cia­ries to ap­pear for their cheques with two pass­port pho­to­graphs, pen­sion iden­ti­fi­ca­tion cards, let­ters of em­ploy­ment, pro­mo­tion let­ters as well as let­ters of re­tire­ment from ser­vice.

The state gov­ern­ment has said that Gov. Udom Em­manuel had de­frayed 10-year back­log of pen­sions and gra­tu­ities to both teach­ers and lo­cal gov­ern­ment em­ploy­ees since his as­sump­tion of of­fice on My 29, 2015.

NAN re­called that the state Com­mis­sioner for Fi­nance, Mr Li­nus Nkan, had last Friday ac­knowl­edged the re­ceipt of the sec­ond tranche of N10 bil­lion Paris Debt Re­fund from the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment.

Nkan had said that out­stand­ing pen­sion and gra­tu­ity is­sues and ar­rears of work­ers’ en­ti­tle­ments would be sorted out with the money. (NAN)

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