Katsina spends N439m for monthly pension to retired local government workers
From Muawuya Bala Idris, Katsina
Katsina State Government has been spending N439 million every month for payment of pension to retired local government workers.
The Executive Secretary, Local Government Pensions Board, Alhaji Mustapha Abdullahi Bujawa revealed this while flagging off of verification exercise for pensioners of local government areas.
Bujawa, represented by Director of Finance and Account, Alhaji Abdullahi Abdu Saulawa said the figure increased every month due to increase in the number of retired local government workers.
He said every month, about 50 to 100 local government workers retire from service, which gives rise to additional of N4 million to the amount being paid to pensioners.
Bujawa said government would continue to ensure prompt payment of pension every month as part of effort to alleviate suffering of pensioners.
He explained that the board commenced screening of pensioners to fish out ghost pensioners, adding that during the exercise, about 12,836 pensioners are expected to be screened.
“The screening exercise is to check over or under payment of pensioners as well as to know those who are dead,” he said.
He said the exercise, which is to cover 34 local Government areas, would be carried out in seven zones of the board.
Bujawa called for cooperation of all pensioners to ensure success of the exercise.
In his speech, the chairman of the Nigeria Union of Pensioners, Katsina State Chapter, Malam Habib Balarabe Daura, commended the state government for ensuring payment of pension and gratuity to pensioners.
Daura said the screening exercise was timely to identify actual pensioners, assuring cooperation of the union to the exercise.