*Inaugurates pension committee
*As Ganduje administration settles N9bn inherited pension
As a commitment towards improving the well-being of its teeming pensioners, Kano State Government has inaugurated a new committee to settle more outstanding benefits of pensioners in the state.
Inaugurating the committee the State Deputy Governor, Alhaji Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna said that the administration of Governor Ganduje has paid over N9billion to 5,388 pensioners as their outstanding pension inherited from the previous administration.
Gawuna explained that the administration has also maintained a status quo in sustaining the payment of monthly pension at the sum of N1.2 billion every month.
“A part from this, there is also a committee constituted by the State Government to ensure speedy payment of their outstanding retirement benefits covering gratuities, pension arrears and death benefits,” he said.
He further said that Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has made tremendous effort towards seeing that the various problems faced by the pensioners have been solved.
On the new committee, Gawuna maintained that the administration of Dr. Abdullahi Ganduje has shown so much concern for the committee so that government would be able to address other problems faced by pensioners.
He also said that Ganduje has assured that he would set aside some money to make sure that the intended goals are achieved.
“This committee comprises of experts of high integrity, and I am sure they will do well in trying to see that those that deserve to be paid first are being considered,” he stressed.
He further urged members of the committee to use their experiences and talent to work diligently for the overall success of the exercise.
He equally solicited the understanding and cooperation of all pensioners, stakeholders and public in general toward complementing the effort of the committee members in discharging their assigned responsibilities.
In his remark, the State Head of Service, Alhaji Muhammad Awwal Na’iya applauded Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje for the great efforts in paying workers salaries and pensioners allowances uninterruptedly.
Na’iya also advised the committee members to stick to the guidelines as well as work tirelessly, and urged them to work hard.
Responding, the Chairperson of the Committee, Hajiya Amina Musa extended their appreciation to the State Governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje for finding them worthy of the new assignment which she said has gone a long way to show a clear testimony of government demonstration of commitment and concern for the welfare of pensioners.
“This is a testimony that shows that whether you are a civil servant or a retired pensioner, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje gets you in his mind through his able subordinate, by extension our Head of Civil Service who takes care of all our needs and today workers are smiling and today again the pensioners will not only smile but will jump and praise,” she emphasized.
She then reiterated their commitment towards ensuring judicious use of the funds and following the simple step of first come first serve so as to wipe the tears from the eyes of the long awaited pensioners.
The Committee has Hajiya Amina Musa, Permanent Secretary Establishment, Office of the Head of Civil Service as Chairperson; Hajiya Uwa Makama, Permanent Secretary, Kano State Pension Funds Trustees as member and Comrade Kabiru Ado Minjibir, Chairman National Labour Congress, Kano State Chapter also as member.
Other members of the Committee include Comrade Salisu Ahmed Gwale, Chairman National Union of Pensioners, Kano Branch; Comrade Hambali Abubakar, Chairman National Union of Teachers, Kano Wing and Isma’ila Musa, Director Final Account, Kano State Ministry of Finance.
The rest are: Hajiya Mairo Umar Tanko from the State Audit Department as member while Alhaji Musa Tanko Garko, Director Pension, Kano State Pension Funds Trustees will serve as the Secretary of the Committee.
The Committee was given eight terms of reference to guide it and come up with comprehensive procedures that would address the issue of outstanding pension and gratuities in the state.
The terms of reference include: to obtain the list/record and payment vouchers of outstanding beneficiaries from the Kano State Pension Funds Trustees; to examine the outstanding payment vouchers/computations for payment of gratuity, pension arrears and death benefits; to screen eligible beneficiaries and ensure payment of their retirement benefits through their bank accounts and to ensure that in all cases of deceased pensioners awaiting payment, their next of kin present relevant documents through a court of law for screening and payment.
Others are to liaise with Ministry of Finance to ensure prompt release of funds; to submit a comprehensive and up-to-date list of outstanding retirement benefits (gratuity, pension arrears and death benefits); to submit a report within one week after payment and to advise on any other issue incidental to the assignment.