The Oyo State Government has released the sum of N204.235 million for another set of 81 retirees to offset their outstanding gratuities.
The Government said the payment was for the year 2012 gratuity for the retired Civil Servants and Teachers, under the payroll of the State government across all the grade levels.
The Oyo State Head of Service, Mrs Olawumi Ogunesan, while disbursing the cheques on behalf of the State Government to the beneficiaries at the Old Ministry of Establishment and Training, Secretariat, Ibadan, said the Ajimobi administration in the State was responsible and committed to the well-being of both serving and retired civil servants and would continue to pay the gratuities to the pensioners based on merit without any influence or favour.
The Head of Service, who was represented by the Acting Permanent Secretary, Office of the Head of Service, Mrs Adejoke Eyitayo, said government was making concerted efforts to ease the pains of the pensioners in the state, stressing that the disbursement was done to make life easier for the senior citizens, who had served the State meritoriously for the 35 years.
She appealed to those that are yet to receive theirs not to lose hope, noting that efforts are in top gear towards the payment of their gratuities as soon as possible.
Mrs Ogunesan advised the beneficiaries not to venture into a business without having an in-depth knowledge in such business and abstain from fraudsters who may want to dupe them.
Speaking on behalf of beneficiaries, Mr Kazeem Mudathir thanked Governor Abiola Ajimobi for releasing the huge amount of money as their gratuities despite the paucity of funds in the State, noting that the procedures followed in paying the money was purely on merits as nobody collected anything from them before releasing the money.
It would be recalled that State Government has disbursed over One Billion Naira in the just concluded year (2018), for the payment gratuity for the retired Civil Servants and Teachers, under the payroll of the State government across the entire grade levels.