Nasarawa State Government has vowed to sanction civil servants subjecting pensioners to hardship by creating unnecessary bottlenecks that make it difficult for them to access their gratuity and other benefits.
Senior Special Assistant to Governor Abdullahi Sule on pension matters, Mr Abdullahi Adokwe-Ladan, stated this while briefing journalists at the end of a meeting with pension desk officers and leaders of pensioners union in Lafia, the state capital, on Thursday.
The governor described the attitude of internal Auditors and pension desk officers of Local Government and Development Areas, towards the smooth computation of retirement benefits of local Government workers as worrisome.
His words, ”People get stagnated when they are not on salary and they’re not on pension, the government is not happy over this, you know governor Abdullahi Sule, one priority areas in his administration is to ensure a robust pension administration in the state.
”Since his assumption in office, the payment of pension and gratuity is being regular and all the time he has been dialogue with the leadership of pensioners to ensure the welfare of pensioners in the state,” he concluded.
Earlier, Director General, State pension Bureau, Mr Suleaman Musa-Nagogo, represented by the Bureau’s Director of Administration and Supply,, charged them to be mindful of the illegal promotion of workers and be prudent at all times.
On his part, Auditor General of Local Government, Mr Danladi Idris Apa, represented by the Director of Pension, Mr John Azaki and the state Chairman, Nigeria Union of pensioners, Mr Hudu Baba-Abdullahi, urged the affected officers to adhere to what they have been told so as to better the lives of pensioners at the grassroots.
Participants were not left out as they described the programme as apt and promised to put into practice what they have been told.