The Zamfara State Government has begun paying the backlog of N13.4 billion in gratuities to the state’s retirees.
The state government formed a committee to validate retired governmental personnel’ data in order to repay the gratuity debt amassed between 2011 and the present.
In a statement made on Saturday, Governor’s spokesperson Sulaiman Idris disclosed that retirees who have been due gratuities since 2011 have now begun to receive them.
The statement noted that the backlog of gratuities built over the years is now being cleared, and payment has started starting Thursday.
“The state government has taken a significant step towards addressing the outstanding debt of gratuity owed to retirees, which comprises death gratuities, retirement gratuities, and contract gratuities.
“Governor Dauda Lawal set up a committee to validate and authenticate retiree data to settle the debt of gratuities that has accumulated since 2011.
“After validating the data of retired civil servants, the government discovered that the total amount owed from state and local governments is 13.4 billion Naira.
“The committee has already gone far with the authentication of data submitted by local government and state pension commission and physical verification of beneficiaries.
“Retired state and local government employees who were verified have begun receiving their gratuity payments since Thursday.
“The government would ensure that all retirees are authenticated and paid their gratuities without any difficulties.
“The Zamfara State Government is fulfilling its promise to serve the people of Zamfara by rescuing and rebuilding the state for the better.”