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BY NDAHI MARAMA, MAIDUGURI

The Borno State Government has approved the immediate release of N3.2 billion for payments of outstanding gratuities of 1,024 pensioners and the 2016 leave grants of workers in the state.

Announcing the payments at a joint news conference in Maiduguri, at the Musa Usman secretariat complex, the Head of Service (HOS), Yakubu Bukar, and Commissioner for Local Government and Emirate Affairs, Usman Zanna, said that N3.2 billion has been released by the Accountant General of the state into pensioners’ and workers’ bank accounts.

In the breakdown of N3.2 billion pension and gratuities, Yakubu said: “The sum of N1 billion for payment of outstanding gratuity to state pensioners, in which a committee has been constituted to handle the payment, in addition to N817, 737,058:00 for 2016 leave grant to all state civil servants, while N50 million was set aside for payment of arrears for 142% to State Pensioners.”

Similarly, an additional N1 billion had also been approved and released for payments of five-year pension and gratuities to the living and deceased pensioners for Local Education Authority and council workers.

He noted that, from 1994 to September, 2009, the total number of beneficiaries for both deceased and living of Local Education Authority staff stood at 565, while that of Local Government Staff is 459, who will all benefit from the payments exercise.

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