Alhaja Selimot Ottun, the Ogun Head of Service (HoS), on Wednesday, said that the state government had paid a total sum of N8.7billion to pensioners in the state between January and October.
Ottun disclosed this while defending the 2021 budget proposal of the Bureau of State Pensions before Ogun House of Assembly Committee on Finance and Appropriation at the assembly complex in Abeokuta.
The head of service explained that the state government had earmarked the sum of N15.6billion for the payment of the state pensioners in 2021 while N2billion was earmarked for payment of gratuities.
She noted that by the start of next year, the state government was ready to pay some amount of money for gratuity, saying that a memorandum of understanding had been signed between the organised labour and the state government .
The head of service added that the objectives of the 2021 budget proposal was to sustain the economic independence of 14,033 pensioners in the state.
“Our mission is to ensure blissful retirement for all retirees through prompt processing and payment of their terminal benefits and also attend to issues affecting the welfare of our senior citizens, ” she said.
Ottun explained that the Bureau had earmarked N130.5million for recurrent expenditure while N49million was budgeted for capital expenditure in 2021.
Mrs Modupe Mujota- Onikepo, the Chairman, House of Assembly Committee on Establishment and Public Service Matters, appealed to the state government to find means and pay outstanding gratuities.