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TUC alleges Taraba owes pensioners over N15 billion

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The Taraba State chapter of the Trade Union Congress (TUC) has alleged the government presently owes pensioners in the state about N15 billion.

The state chairman of the Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria (ASCSN), James Ajoji, who disclosed this at the branch delegates’ conference of the association, added that the amount has continued to increase because civil servants retire on a daily basis.

He said: “The association has observed that in recent times, civil servants retiring from the state service after serving for 35 years or attaining 60 years are griped with fear of the unknown because they will have to wait for months before they could access their pensions and will have to wait for years for their gratuities that may never come.”

There is the need for the state government to make payment of gratuity immediately after retirement and the need for all parties in the retirement process to play their roles diligently to ensure a successful retirement is more necessary now than ever before.

The association also identified lack of implementation of promotion and incremental dates as a major challenge for civil servants in the state and urged the government to take urgent steps to effect promotions of deserving civil servants.


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