Pensioners in Ekiti State have rejected the arrangement by the state government to make them forfeit 25 percent of their gratuity if they desired to collect their entitlement with immediate effect.
The agreement with government according to the Chairman, Nigeria Union of Pensioners in the state, Elder Ayo Ikumapayi is that a private company will take over the payment of gratuity of 2012 to 2014 pensioners, with the condition that pensioners who agree to the arrangement will forfeit 15 percent of their gratuity.
He added pensioners who have agreed to the 15 per cent deduction were confronted with a new reality of 25 percent deduction while filing the form for payment which they rejected.
When contacted for the position of government on the matter, the Commissioner for Information and Values Orientation, Hon Akin Omole said that the issue of 25 per cent did not come up at all.
According to him, the terms of the company that agreed to assist to clear the gratuities range from 20 to 5 per cent depending on when the pensioners want payment.
Omole explained that the Fayemi administration increased the 10 million naira the last administration was allocating to gratuity payment to 100 million and had expended over 1 billion naira on gratuity payment before the corona virus pandemic impacted negatively on the finances of government.