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Jigawa govt pays N9.5bn to 13,327 retirees




The Jigawa State and Local Government Contributory Pension Scheme Board has disbursed N9.547 billion to 13,237 retirees in 2022.

The Executive Secretary of the board, Kamilu Aliyu-Musa confirmed the development in Dutse on Wednesday.

He said the amount represent comprehensive payment of entitlements such as retirement and death benefits, pension, refund of eight per cent contribution and monthly pension.

According to Aliyu-Musa, the payment covered retirees of state, local governments and Local Education Authorities (LEAs).

He said that 571 pensioners from the state government received retirement benefits amounting N1.4 billion while 371 others from local governments got N444 million while 441 retirees from LEAs received N1.04 billion.

The Secretary said that under death benefit, 107 beneficaries from state received N312.38 million, 98 deceased from local government received N194,641 million and 81 others from LEAs received N244,411 million.

Aliyu-Musa said: “Under death pension balance, 43 benefiaries from state received N48,131,401.61; while 41 from local government received N29,885,879.60 and 37 others from LEAs received N29,049,075.85.

“Uunder refund of eight per cent contribution, three benefiaries from state received N841,710.58; one from local government received N149,578.75 and two others from LEAs received N132,541.91.

“Within the period under review, 724 beneficiaries from the state received N4,791,273,954.39 including thier monthly pensions while 457 benefiaries from local government received N1,495,094,504.34 and 561 benefiaries from LEAs received N3,260,879,135.75”.

He reiterated commitment of the state government towards improving the welfare of workers and retirees to enhance effective service delivery.

The Secretary said the board has begun payment of N1.7 billion terminal benefit to 707 retirees for 2023, adding that amount would cover workers who recently retired from service, at the state, local government and LEAs.

He said the payment would cover payment of retirement benefits, death benefits, death pension balance and refund of eight per cent contribution.

According to him, 302 of the beneficiaries are from state service, 117 local governments and 288 from LEAs.


He said that N816 million would be disbursed to 303 beneficiaries from the state service while N200 million to 288 beneficiaries from local government service and 707 beneficiaries of the LEAs to receive N748 million.

“The board is up-to-date in the payment of entitlements to retirees, including those who died in active service,” he said.

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Woman killed while crossing road in Anambra




The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Anambra State Sector Command, has confirmed the death of a woman in an accident at Okpoko Market on the Asaba-Onitsha Road.

The Sector Commander, Mr Adeoye Irelewuyi, who confirmed the accident to journalists in Awka on Thursday, said that the woman was hit while she was crossing the road.

He said that the accident, which occurred on Wednesday, involved a commercial tow truck with registration number XA550BMA.

“Eyewitness report reaching us indicates that the truck was towing a vehicle in an uncontrollable speed along the axis.


“The vehicle that was being towed got detached from the tow truck.

“It hit and killed a female adult, who was said to be crossing the road, while the tow truck continued its movement.

“FRSC rescue team came to the scene and took the woman to Toronto Hospital, Onitsha, where she was confirmed dead and her body deposited at the hospital’s mortuary,” he said.

While sympathising with the family of the dead, the sector commander urged motorists, especially tow truck drivers, to exercise a high level of professionalism.

He also urged the drivers to always use standard equipment and avoid speeding.

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LASG’s maize palliative impactful, says poultry association chair





The Chairman, Poultry Association of Nigeria (PAN), Lagos State Chapter, Mr Mojeed Iyiola, said the state government’s maize palliative to members of the association made a positive impact on the sector.

Iyiola said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Lagos.

“We received about 150,000 tons of maize in February from the Lagos State government as palliative to cushion the effect of high feed prices.

“The major benefit of the palliative is that it actually cushioned the cost of production for most poultry farmers in the state.

“The palliative was beneficial as it made the cost of some poultry produce, especially eggs to drop,” Iyiola said.

He noted that prior to the palliative, a crate of egg was sold between N3,500 and N3,700 at the farm gate, but after the palliative, it now sells between N3,200 and N3,400.

According to the PAN chair, retailers and middlemen who sell from N3,800 to N4,200 do that for their personal gain.


“We have urged our members to sell their eggs at reasonable prices following the receipt of the palliative from the government.

“We appreciate the Lagos State government for the palliative but we also urge the federal government to do likewise, to further reduce the cost of production in the sector.

“This will consequently lead to drop in the prices of all poultry produce across board,” he said.

He said the palliative was shared among financial members of the association at no extra cost.

“As an association we shared the grains equally across PAN’s eight zones in the state equally. We also mandated each zone not the sell even a grain of the maize.

“We, however, considered new poultry farmers who wanted to the join the association as beneficiaries of the palliative,” said Iyiola.

He noted that through the palliative, more poultry farmers were recruited into the association.

“The maize was shared only to poultry farmers and not feed millers, it is the major component of poultry feed formulation,” he said.

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