In a continued demonstration of his commitment to the welfare of pensioners in Ogun State, Governor Dapo Abiodun has released an additional N1 billion in gratuity payments.
The announcement was made by Mr. Adesoji Adewuyi, the Permanent Secretary of the Bureau of State Pensions, at his office in Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, on Monday.
Adewuyi clarified that the released funds would be disbursed in two batches.
The first batch will cover pensioners listed in October 2014, addressing outstanding Basic, Rent, and Transport (BRT) allowances for March 2013.
Additionally, pensioners with urgent medical needs or pending hospital bills will be considered from this gratuity.
The second batch of gratuity payments will be directed to pensioners listed in November 2014.
This instalment will also cover Basic, Rent, and Transport (BRT) allowances for the remaining pensioners in March and April 2013.
Commending Governor Abiodun’s dedication to addressing the concerns of senior citizens, Adewuyi expressed gratitude for the positive impact the gesture would have on the lives of pensioners.
He urged those still awaiting payment to exercise patience, assuring them that the present administration would attend to their needs in due course.
The Permanent Secretary highlighted that over the last six months, the state government has disbursed approximately N1.7 billion for the welfare of senior citizens.
This comprehensive support includes full payment for the period from September to November 2014, BRT balance covering January to May 2013, gratuity for retired judges, assistance for pensioners with health challenges, and gratuity payments for certain permanent secretaries.
Beneficiaries of this initiative expressed their gratitude, thanking God for the opportunity to enjoy the fruits of their labor.
They also lauded Governor Abiodun for keeping his promises and offered prayers for his continued guidance and protection in steering the affairs of the state.
The ongoing commitment to pensioners’ welfare reflects the administration’s dedication to prioritising the well-being of those who have contributed significantly to the development of the state.