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Nwifuru clears payment of gratuities of Ebonyi workers from 1996 to 2023

…As Lagos State Governor pays outstanding pension contributions of LWC staff/retirees

 

All the lingering gratuities of Ebonyi workers from 1996 to 2023 have been cleared by the Governor of Ebonyi state Francis Ogbonna Nwifuru.

 

Disclosing this in a statement, Engr. Jude Chikadibia Okpor, Honourable Commissioner, Ministry of Information & State Orientation stated that the last batch of retirees scheduled for payment of gratuities by the Governor Francis Nwifuru led administration have received their payment.

According to the Statement: “As at Thursday 9th May, 2024 the last batch (phase 11) which comprises of spill over retirees between 1996 to 2021 were cleared and paid with a total number of Two Hundred and fifty six retirees receiving their payment in full, bringing the total gratuity amount paid in that category to #394,907,784.91 kobo.

“Also, cleared and paid during the 7-day exercise were retirees between (2022 – 2023), with a total number of Two Hundred and and Seventy Seven (277) Retirees cleared and paid in that category, with a total Gratuity paid, amounting to #1,030,972,870.05.

“It is indisputably correct to say that the Ebonyi State Government under the pragmatic leadership of His Excellency, Rt. Hon. Francis Ogbonna Nwifuru, FNIOB, GGCEHF has practically cleared ALL arrears of gratuity owed retirees from the creation of the state to 2023, with a total Gratuity sum of Five Billion, Thirty Six Million, Two Hundred and Eleven Thousand, One Hundred and Four Naira, Six Kobo (#5,036,211,140.6) paid to a total of Two Thousand, and Ninety Nine (2,099) Retirees.

“Further breakdown of the total sum and beneficiaries revealed that Governor Nwifuru led administration in the first phase of the exercise paid a total of Three Billion, Six Hundred and Thirty Thousand, Four Hundred and Eighty Five Naira, Sixty Four Kobo (3,610,330,485.64) to One Thousand, Five Hundred and Sixty Six (1,566) Retirees, who patiently awaited their entitlement between (1996 – 2021).

“While a total number of Five Hundred and Thirty Three (533) Retirees were cleared and paid a total Gratuity Amount of One Billion, Four Hundred and Twenty Five Million, Eight Hundred and Eighty Thousand, Six Hundred and Fifty Four Naira, Ninety Six Kobo (#1, 425,880,654.96) in the second phase.

“With this summation, it has become clearer than ever, that, His Excellency, Rt. Hon. Francis Ogbonna Nwifuru, FNIOB, GGCEHF, the most humane and workers’, friendly Governor of Ebonyi State, does not only make promises but keeps to the last letters of his promise.”

Recall that Governor Nwifuru had before now promised Ebonyi workers that the processing of gratuity of a potential retiree would promptly commence once he/she proceeds on pre- retirement leave.

“We therefore call on Ebonyians to continue to reciprocate His Excellency’s good gestures through prayers and loyalty to his administration as his government girds loins for better gestures in favour of Ebonyi people.”

In a related development, all outstanding unremitted pension contributions of the recently disengaged staff of Lagos Water Corporation for the period of August 2011 up to Oct, Nov, Dec, 2016, have been paid.

This was contained in a statement released by the LWC Managing Director, Engr. Mukhtaar Temitope Tijani over the weekend in Lagos.

Engr. Mukhtaar explained further that millions of naira were remitted to the preferred Pension Fund Administrator Accounts (PFAs) of all Staff, both active and disengaged.

Also LWC boss announced that Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has settled the accrued rights (bond) of the Corporation retirees up to Dec 2022.

This, he said, “represents past service of staff dating back to May 2007 before the commencement of the contributory pension scheme”.

On this development, the Managing Director emphasized that the Corporation is now fully in compliance with the State Regulatory body; Lagos State Pension Commission (LASPEC).

While expressing the Corporation’s heartfelt gratitude on Mr. Governor’s unwavering dedication, integrity and commitment to upholding justice and fairness to all, Engr. Mukhtaar, thanked Mr. Sanwo-Olu for his continued advocacy and efforts for staff and retirees of Lagos Water Corporation, he concluded.

 

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