The Bauchi State government said on Thursday, March 5, that it has not paid the N11billion backlog of pensions and gratuities as a result of dwindling revenue.
The state Head of Service, Abdon Gin, at a press conference said the administration of Governor Isa Yuguda in the past eight years has done a lot to ensure the wellbeing of civil servants, noting that Governor Yuguda has approved the payment of one month “contentious salary” owed by the government in instalments to reduce hardships experienced by workers.
Gin said the government inherited a N600 million pensions debt, which it off-set, adding that the state government pays N239 million as pension monthly, but that the number of retirees keeps increasing.
“The state civil service records an average of about 50 retirements monthly. This therefore accounts for the monthly increase of gratuity, which now amounts to N11billion.The scheme will address problems of backlog of pension and arrears. It is a future plan of the state government that young civil servants will benefit from,” he assured.