Ebonyi ap­proves N4.5b for salary ar­rears, Aregbesola as­sures of work­ers wel­fare

• Abia re­tirees protest to House of Assem­bly over pen­sion pay­ment

The Guardian (Nigeria) - - NEWS - From Nnamdi Akpa (Abaka­liki), Tunji Omo­foye (Osogbo) and Gordi Udea­jah (Umuahia)

GOVER­NOR David Umahi of Ebonyi State yes­ter­day said the gov­ern­ment has ap­proved N4.5 bil­lion for the pay­ment of re­tirees’ pen­sions and gra­tu­ity, work­ers salaries, as well as their leave and pro­mo­tion al­lowances.

De­tails of the ap­proval showed that N1.5 bil­lion will take care of pen­sions and gra­tu­ities ar­rears, N2 bil­lion will go for pay­ment of work­ers’ salaries while N1 bil­lion will be used to clear ar­rears of work­ers leave and pro­mo­tion al­lowances.

Umahi made the an­nounce­ment at Gov­ern­ment House, Abaka­liki while re­ceiv­ing ex­ec­u­tives of the Nige­ria Union of Pen­sion­ers (NUP), who paid him a cour­tesy visit, say­ing pay­ments would be made on or be­fore De­cem­ber 20, 2017.

In a re­lated de­vel­op­ment, the Gover­nor of Osun State, Rauf Aregbesola has said his ad­min­is­tra­tion has spent more money on pay­ment of salaries and re­tirees ben­e­fits than what the state spent on in­fra­struc­ture de­vel­op­ment.

He said he was mak­ing the clar­i­fi­ca­tion due to al­le­ga­tions by the op­po­si­tion that his ad­min­is­tra­tion spent 80 per cent of the state re­sources on de­vel­op­men­tal projects against wel­fare and salaries of work­ers.

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