The Oyo State Government has disbursed the sum of One Hundred and Ninety- Nine Million, Seven Hundred and Twenty –Three Thousand, Three Hundred and Six –Naira, Eighty –Six Kobo (N199, 723,306.86) for another set of 76 Retirees to offset their outstanding gratuities.

The Oyo State Head of Service, Mrs Olawumi Ogunesan, while disbursing the Cheques on behalf of the State Government to the beneficiaries at the Old Ministry of Establishment and Training, Secretariat, Ibadan, assured that government will continue to pay the gratuities to the pensioners based on merit without any influence or favour.

HOS noted that the disbursement was meant for the payment of year 2012 Gratuity for the retired Civil Servants and Teachers, under the payroll of the State government across all the grade levels.

Mrs Oguesan added that government is making concerted efforts to ease the pains of the pensioners in the state, stressing that the disbursement was done to make life easier for the senior citizens, who had served the State meritoriously for thirty five years.

She appealed to those that are yet to receive theirs not to lose hope, noting that efforts are in top gear towards the payment of their gratuites as soon as possible.

Mrs Ogunesan advised the beneficiaries not to venture into a business without having an in-depth knowledge in such business and abstain from fraudsters who may want to dupe them.

Speaking on behalf of beneficiaries, Mr Ezekiel Oyedele and Mrs Akinade Mojirade thanked Governor Abiola Ajimobi for releasing the huge amount of money as their gratuities despite the paucity of funds in the State, noted that the procedures followed in paying the money was purely on merits as nobody collected anything from them before releasing the money.

It would be recalled that State Government released over Two Hundred and One Million plus for the payment of year 2011 to January, 2012 Gratuity for the retired Civil Servants and Teachers, under the payroll of the State government across the entire grade levels in September, 2018.

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