By Shekara Anthony

Adamawa State Pension Board has commenced screening of retired civil servants in the state for onward payment of their gratuities.

The Executive Chairman of the board, Thomas Madi, made this known at a news briefing with journalists in Yola.

The Executive Chairman of Adamawa State Pension Board, Thomas Madi, said the state governor, Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri, has approved and released the sum 1.3 billion naira to settle backlog of retirees gratuity.

He said the 1.3 billion naira will be used to pay gratuities of civil servants who retired between January and May, 2013 adding that the governor had in 2021 released the sum of 1.5 billion naira to pay gratuities of retired civil servants in the from 2011 to 2012.

“If you go out now, you will see the process of payment of gratuity to pensioners has begun and the affected pensioners are being screened month by month and most of our workers are now very very busy to make sure that nobody is left unattended to and the payment made as soon as possible to the affected pensioners”

The Executive Chairman of the pension board, Thomas Madi, emphasized the commitment of governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri to pay all gratuities owed senior citizens of the state pointing out that the backlog of gratuities were piled up by previous administrations in the state.

“Retirement is a continues process. People retire daily and as you retire your gratuity is computed and added to what is already on ground. As you are aware, the number of persons retiring and the funds available to the government are not comparable. The money available is always less than the number of persons retiring. If the past administrations had done what the present administration is doing, the backlog of gratuities would not have accumulated this much”

He explained that about five hundred retired civil servants are expected to be paid with the recently released sum of 1.3 billion naira, stressing that the governor is committed to the welfare of retired civil servants in the state and will continue to release more money to settle backlog of gratuities.

One of the retired civil servants, Adiel Hammayola and next of kin to a deceased civil servant, Aishatu Yauba, said the process of the screening should be made in such a way that it should not subject the people to untold hardship with Aishatu lamenting that her husband died since 2010 and up till now nothing has been paid to them as his death benefit while Adiel Hammanyola wants the pension board to make the payment process in such a way that the pensioners and those seeking payment for benefit of their dead relatives should be attended to separately.

It is estimated that Adamawa State government is owing retired civil servants about twenty billion naira as gratuity and other entitlements.

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