The Ogun State Government has reiterated the fact that it does not owe any category of pensioners in the state.
Reacting to media reports emanating from a protest staged by some members of the Association of Local Government Pensioners on Thursday, the State Commissioner for Finance, Mr. Wale Osinowo said, the Senator Ibikunle Amosun-led administration is known for always placing the welfare of senior citizens on the front burner and therefore does not owe them any arrears of their monthly pensions.
“All pensioners in Ogun State have been paid up till May 2016 while we are currently processing the payment of their June pensions.”
In a press statement issued by the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Media, Adejuwon Soyinka, the commissioner explained that Thursday’s protest by Local Government Pensioners was regrettable as it was due to a communication gap between the leadership of the pensioners’ union and the Ministry of Finance.
The Gateway State Government confirmed that payment of monthly pension for the month of May had been effected about 48 hours before the pensioners stormed the office the State Ministry of Finance.
The Ogun State Commissioner for Finance added that it was not difficult for him to explain this to the protesting pensioners, as there were documentary evidences to prove the fact that the money had been paid.
“I also called the banks in their presence and they confirmed that they were working on ensuring that the payments hit their individual accounts. Presently, I can confirm that a lot of the pensioners have received alert for their payments,” Osinowo said.
Speaking on backlog of gratuities, the Finance Commissioner explained that the Amosun administration inherited a backlog of unpaid gratuities from the previous administration and it has so far reduced this backlog considerably.
“We are making efforts to fully pay the backlog within available resources. Unfortunately, due to the current economic crisis, we have had to prioritise the regular payment of monthly pensions for our senior citizens, while we ensure that the backlogs are paid in accordance with the cash flow situation of the state,” Osinowo said.