Yahaya Idris Ahmed, Lafia.
The Director General, Nasarawa State Pension Bureau, Alhaji Sani Abdullahi Oseze, disclosed on Thursday that the Bureau will pay the local government pensioners their April pension.
According to the Director General, despite paucity of fund the Bureau has concluded all necessary arrangement to pay so as to improve on the standard of living of the pensioners and that of their family members.
Oseze stated this when the management of the Bureau briefed the Nasarawa state House of Assembly Committee on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs who were on an oversight visit in Lafia on Thursday.
He also said that the state Governor, Engineer Abdullahi Sule had already ordered for the payment of the local government pensioners of the month of April in view of the 3 months they are being owed.
“With the introduction of the minimum wage, it has jerked up the pension as the current 15% remittance from each local government council for the payment of pension to its local government pensioners is inadequate.
“We are yet to pay April, May and June pensions to the local government pensioners as we need over N222million to augment the money to pay them
“But His Excellency, Gov. Abdullahi Sule has directed that the local government pensioners should be paid within the week.
“It is in view of this that the local government pensioners will receive one month pension which is April within this week, ” he said.
Abdullahi Oseze commended the committee for being up and doing in supporting the activities of the bureau to succeed and called for its sustenance.
The Director General has assured the committee of the Bureau’s determination to improve on the welfare of the local government pensioners.
Earlier, Hon Mohammed Alkali (APC- Lafia North), the Chairman of the committee said that they have decided to invite the Bureau in order to assess its 2020 budget performance.
“This exercise is not to witch hunt any body but to assess your Bureau 2020 budget performance with the view of addressing any challenge if discovered.
“We will collaborate with you in order to improve on the standard of living of pensioners in the state.
“We want to reposition the local government system for effective service delivery, we need your support in that direction “he said.
The committee’s chairman assured of the committee’s readiness to support the activities of the Bureau for quality service delivery.
The Committee also play host to the State Ministry for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs led by the Permanent Secretary Sani Bala as well as Local Government Service Commission.