Oyo State government yesterday disclosed its readiness to offset backlog of gratuity owed retired workers of the state from 2013 to June 2020, stating that the state had paid N1.4billion from January 2020 to August 2020. Commissioner for Establishment and Training, Prof. Daud Sangodoyin, said Governor Seyi Makinde has made it a matter of state policy to pay up the accrued gratuity while salaries, pensions and other emoluments would continue to be paid as and when due. Sangodoyin, who briefed reporters at his office in Ibadan yesterday, assured retirees in the state that the present administration had allocated 70 per cent of monthly gratuity allocation to retirees from June 2013 according to their date of filing their retiring documents.
He said: “The present administration has paid gratuity till August 2013 which amounts to N1.4billion and we still have N26billion target to cover, which is our goal Governor Seyi Makinde has made it clear that the welfare of workers and retirees will be paramount in his policy decisions and that is why you have seen the dedication he has for the monthly funding for the disbursement of the gratuity.“The policy of the present administration is centered on merit, openness and transparency, those people on the list are paid chronologically from 2013, those are the mainstream and they have 70% of the monthly funding while the retirees from the Judicial Service Commission has 20% and 10% goes to those under health and compassionate ground.
“A man was recently reported in the social media to need a certain amount of money to offset hospital bill and the news got to the State governor, he immediately directed the payment of his gratuity and also an old woman who came to complain that the banks wanted to take over her house due to loan she took, we had to pay her also under the health and compassionate vote.”