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Governor Dickson presents N500m cheque to pensioners in Bayelsa

By on February 4, 2013

Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, has kick started the payment of pensions and gratuity to the retirees in the state with the presentation of N500m cheque in fulfillment of his promise.

Presenting the cheque to the state Head of Civil Service, Frazer Okuoru, who is also the Chairman of the Pensions and Gratuity Verification Committee at Government House, Yenagoa, Dickson urged the committee to ensure adequate and proper disbursement of the funds to genuine retirees.

He noted that the release of the N500 million signalled the first installment payment of the funds government intended to disburse in tranches to clear the arrears.

His words, “I charge the committee chaired by our Head of Service with members who are all very senior and experienced people in this respect to painstakingly verify the names of all the supposed retirees and do it in such a way that only genuine and verified persons benefit. I say so because of the problem of ghost workers that we have, which is still so much around with us, although we are trying to address it”.

Describing the backlog of pensions and gratuities owed by the state as unfortunate, Dickson pointed out that the problem predated his administration.

The Governor assured retirees and civil servants in the state that the present administration would not play politics with their welfare, saying that government will soon provide affordable accommodation as well as an insurance policy to take away the burden of medical bills from them.

He, however, warned erring civil servants to turn a new leaf, stressing that his administration will not hesitate to discipline whoever that is found wanting in the performance of his or her statutory duties.

Emphasising the need for workers to remain non-partisan and obedient to constituted authority, Dickson said government would soon publish a list of truant workers and take appropriate disciplinary actions against them in accordance with the civil service rules.
[Daily Independent]