Ekiti State Government has debunked allegation that the State was deducting 25% or any amount from the gratuities of pensioners in the State.
In a statement made available to newsmen in Ado Ekiti, the State Commissioner for Information and Values Orientation, Hon. Akin Omole explained that the State Government, after due consultations with the leadership of the Nigerian Union of Pensioners, established the Ekiti Discount Gratuity Settlement Scheme as part of efforts to fast track payment of backlog of retirees’ gratuities through a negotiated discount process.
According to the statement, interested pensioners are to choose which period they prefer from March, 2021; June, 2021; October, 2021 and February, 2022 with discount of 15%, 10%, 5% and 0% respectively, adding that concerned pensioners would be guaranteed payment of their individual gratuities with promissory note that would be issued to them.
Omole added that the State Government consequently negotiated and obtained approval of the leadership of the Nigerian Union of Pensioners to commence the Scheme whereby a financial institution (United Capital) would pay the retirees under agreed terms and collect the funds from government between now and 2022 when the programme would end.
The commissioner stressed that the scheme was designed to ensure outstanding gratuities are paid as early as possible instead of government to continue owing retirees’ gratuities for years.
He emphasised that the participation in the scheme is optional as no pensioner would be forced into the arrangement, Omole stated that it was designed for pensioners who would rather collect their gratuities within the stipulated period than wait in line for years to do so.