The Edo State government has paid N2 billion gratuity to 539 pensioners from the 2010/2011 batch in the state.
The state government said the payment of the pensioners’ gratuity was in fulfilment of the promise of Governor Adams Oshiomhole to defray the pension liability to the retired workers.
The State Head of Service, Mrs. Gladys Idahor, who announced the payment of the N2 billion gratuity, said those who got their payment alerts were those already screened and had done their biometrics.
She said those who had errors in their account details, those who didn’t turn up for screening and others whose records were incomplete were yet to get their payment alerts.
She explained the next of kin of deceased staff were also yet to be paid, noting that another date would be announced soon for the screening of those who didn’t turn up in the first exercise and the next of kin of deceased staff who had the requisite letters of administration.
“One hundred and seventy five pensioners from the 2010 batch and three hundred and sixty four from the 2011 batch who were successfully verified have been paid their gratuities.
“The verification exercise and payment of gratuities will be a continuous exercise and a date will be announced soon for pensioners who retired in 2012 to come for their verification and immediate payments,” she said.