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Oyo releases N9.7b for council workers’ salaries, pensions

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Bimbo Kolade


The Oyo State Government yesterday disclosed that over N9 billion has been disbursed for the payment of salaries and pensions of workers under the payroll of local councils in the state. Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters, Bimbo Kolade, explained that N9.776b had been released for the payment of salaries and pensions of local councils employees for several months. He said part of the money would also be used to settle primary school teachers’ salaries for March and April 2018, as well as teachers’ leave bonuses for 2016 and pension of primary school retirees. He noted that of the over N9b, N4.8b would be used for the payment of primary school teachers’ salary for March and April, 2018 and leave bonuses for 2016, while N438.7m would be used to pay retired primary school pensioners.

Kolade added that N4.5b would be used for the payment of salaries and pensions of local council employees, saying the money has been disbursed to the councils for immediate payment of the salaries. 
 
The commissioner stressed that the money would reduce the outstanding arrears owed the council workers ranging from one to six months, and urged the council chairmen to use the money judiciously for the purpose it was released. He maintained that the state government remained committed to the welfare of workers and people of Oyo State.assuring that efforts were being made to clear the backlog of pensions and gratuities owed retired primary school teachers.

The commissioner also pointed out that effort leading to the payment of N200m gratuities of pensioners at the state level was being replicated at the council level with the release of over N400m, noting that the government would continue to ensure that workers get their dues promptly.


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