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Abiodun reiterates commitment to payment of pension arrears

By Gbenga Akinfenwa
01 August 2022   |   3:53 am
Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, at the weekend, assured pensioners in the state that payment of pensions would always receive priority attention within the resources available.

Tasks new Ode-Lemo monarch on campaign against cultism, others
Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, at the weekend, assured pensioners in the state that payment of pensions would always receive priority attention within the resources available.

A statement by Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Kunle Somorin, stated: “As a follow-up to the promise made in 2021 to pay at least N500 million quarterly out of the outstanding gratuities owed by the previous administration since 2011, the government has redeemed the pledge by making the Q1 2022 payment of N500 million, thereby making a total of N2.5 billion paid.

“If our predecessors had done the same since 2011, more than N16 billion would have been defrayed.”

He said that the payments were all inherited liabilities from previous administrations, adding that the process of paying the gratuities cannot be faulted.

The statement urged leaders of the pensioners to be circumspect in their remarks on the state of their pension liability.

IN another development, the governor has charged the new Lemo of Ode-Lemo, Oba Rufai Adeleke Adeyalu, to use his position in promoting the ongoing campaign against cultism and other social vices, which have now become norms among youths.

Abiodun gave the charge during the installation and presentation of staff of office and instrument of appointment to the new monarch in Sagamu Local Council.

He urged Oba Adeyalu to collaborate with the Community Development Associations (CDAs) and corporate bodies to complement government’s efforts at ensuring peace and progress in his town.

The governor, represented by Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Mr. Kolawole Fagbohun, said the monarch should mobilise his people towards the discharge of their civic responsibilities, cautioning him to be careful in awarding frivolous chieftaincy titles.

He said that his administration would remain committed to providing people of Ode-Lemo community and the entire Ogun State the benefits and dividends of democracy.

In his remarks, Akarigbo and Paramount Ruler of Remoland, Oba Babatunde Ajayi, appealed to Oba Adeyalu to accommodate every member of the community for rapid and meaningful development they have always longed for.

Oba Adeyalu, in his acceptance speech, appreciated the governor for approving his appointment, urging sons and daughters of Ode-Lemo to join hands with him for peace, progress and development of the town.

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