In Sokoto Govt releases N680m for LG pensions, severance gratuities

The state's Commissioner for Local Government and Community Development revealed that the payments have already started.

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Sokoto state governor, Aminu Tambuwal, has approved the release of about N680m for the settlement of accumulated pensions for teachers, local government staff and severance gratuity for former Councillors in the state.

This was disclosed by the state's Commissioner for Local Government and Community Development, Alhaji Mannir Dan'Iya, in a statement issued on Wednesday, August 30, 2017.

He revealed that the payments have already started and all beneficiaries will receive their entitlement in due course.

He said, "The breakdown of the funds released indicate that the sum of N504,283,280.46 is to be paid to former teachers and local government staff as accumulated pension while the sum of N172,873,923.18 has been released to former Councillors who served in the immediate past executive councils of the 23 local government areas to settle their severance gratuity.

"These payments show that government is responsive to the needs of all former employees and elected office holders.

"We will continue to treat our present and former employees with all the dignity and respect they deserve."

The Commissioner also commended workers in the local government councils for their commitment, and assured that the state government will continue to meet its obligations to workers at all times.

Earlier in February, the state government released the sum of  N1.2 billion for the payment of accumulated gratuity from the year 2010 for the staff of local government councils in the state.

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