The Ogun State government has countered the claims by the Ogun State Chairman of the Nigeria Union of Pensioners (NUP) Waheed Oloyede, that only N3billion had been released so far for the payment of arrears of gratuity and pensions.
Oloyede during a press conference in Abeokuta said that the incumbent administration in the state did not pay N70b for the defray of outstanding gratuities, but N3billion, which he claimed was too low
But a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Ogun State governor, Kunle Somorin, on Thursday, faulted the position of the NUC chairman and declared that a sum of N78b had been released between 2019 and 2022.
According to him, a record of the statement of Monthly Breakdown and Analysis of the Ogun State Gratuity and Pension Payment, indicated that a total sum of N78,567,913,997.48 had been released for the purpose.
Somorin added that Governor Dapo Abiodun-led administration decided to increase the quarterly payment from N500m to N600m, to expedite payment of the gratuities.
He noted that the incumbent administration, despite the financial challenge, would continue to give top priority to the welfare of the senior citizens, by ensuring the quarterly payment of gratuities and pensions.