Zamfara verifies 3079 retirees, settles N2.3bn gratuities backlog

Zamfara State government has verified 3,079 retirees in an effort to pay the backlog of gratuities owed by previous administrations.

Retired state and local government workers in Zamfara State have not received their gratuities since 2011, which have accumulated over the years.

A statement by the spokesperson of the Zamfara Governor, Sulaiman Idris, revealed that a total of 1,746 pensioners from both the state and local government received two tranches of payment amounting to N2.312billion.

The statement added that the second tranche of verified pensioners’ gratuity payments began last Friday, bringing relief to retirees who had been waiting for their entitlements for years.

“Tremendous progress has been made in verifying state and local government pensioners. Payment for the second tranche of verified pensioners’ gratuity commenced on March 1, 2024.

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“A total of 413 verified pensioners from the state have been paid a sum of about NGN 682.228million.

“Also, the payment of the second tranche of verified pensioners from Local Governments has commenced. A total of 403 verified pensioners from the Local Governments, amounting to N449.667million have been paid.

“Out of the 3079 pensioners who have been verified, 1746 have received their gratuity payments in two tranches from both the state and local governments. The total amount paid so far is N2.312billion.

“The process of verifying and authenticating retirees is still ongoing, with payments being made to those who have been cleared.”

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