Governor Mai Mala Buni of Yobe State has approved the release of N365 million for payment of accumulated pension arrears and gratuities to 279 local government retirees.
Recall that in July 2019, the governor also approved N228 million for the payment of the benefits of 198 other local government retirees.
Abdullahi Bego, the Director-General media affairs to the governor, in a statement, said that the approval followed the recommendations of the Committee on the Payment of Local Government Staff Pensions Arrears, Death Benefits and Gratuities headed by the Auditor-General for Local Governments.
“Out of the 279 beneficiaries, 71 are deceased and their benefits, amounting to N110 million will be paid to their next of kin through the probate division of the State High Court.
“The remaining N254 million will be electronically paid directly to the remaining 208 living retirees,” Mr Bego said.