The Edo State Government has disclosed commitment at offsetting pensioners’ gratuities despite the impact of COVID-19 and falling crude prices on government revenues.
Andrew Emwanta, Commissioner for Communication and Orientation, in a statement restated that the government pays pensions to pensioners on or before the 26th of every month and that the state did not owe any pension till date.
He said, “Edo State Government does not owe any pensioner their monthly pension. Pensioners in Edo State get their monthly entitlement on or before 26 of every month.
He noted that the agitation by some pensioners in Benin City was majorly a consequence of disagreement among members of the Nigerian Union of Pensioners (NUP) over statutory deduction of one per cent from their pensions in favour of the Union, as check-off dues.
Emwanta said: “Much as the issue of gratuity was mentioned, it was rather unfortunate that the Edo State Government was caught in the crossfire over the disagreement between members of the Nigerian Union of Pensioners and their leadership.
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