Katsina gov’t spent N300m on 9,000 pensioners monthly
Katsina gov’t revealed money spent on pensioners per month
Katsina State spends about N300million monthly to take care of its 9,000 pensioners in contrast to some other states where retirees are groaning over unpaid pensions and gratuity, Vanguard reports.
This was made known to the press by the Permanent Secretary, Department of Establishment, Katsina State, Musa Rabi’u.
“The monthly pension is paid the moment a civil servant retires in the state. Katsina State does not delay in payment of the monthly pension.
“Immediately the file of a pensioner is processed, we pay as and when due. A situation where a pensioner gets delay in payment, it might be that he or she didn’t give notice on time for the process.
“Take for instance, a file I just finished treating, the pensioner retired on June 1st but his file just got to us here in July. He should have started getting his pension by June but would only get it in July because the file got to us in July.
“So it is almost automatic when the worker retires, they are keyed into the pension scheme.
“The state has about 9,000 pensioners in its payroll as at June. And we have paid over N300 million to pensioners as at June. Again, the state whenever there is an increase in pension by the Federal Government, adopts and pays.
“For example, the last increase of pension by 33%, Katsina State was the first state to pay. It took effect from 1/1/2016,” Alhaji Musa Rabi’u stated.
On his part, Chairman, Katsina State branch of Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, Hussaini Hamisu, said: “In Katsina, we thank God we have a Governor who always puts workers’ interest first.
“Quite a number of people have retired from service and provided you put in your retirement notice at the expiration of those three months, you will find out that you will be incorporated into the payroll of the retirees.
“So, in Katsina, our retirees are getting their pensions as and when due at the end of each month. As far as pension is concerned, I think there is no issue, only that, there is need for upward review of pension, though there has been upward review of pensions to some level.”