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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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Gov Akeredolu Releases N1bn For Retired Teachers, LG Workers In Ondo



Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State has flagged off the payment of N1bn as a gratuity to teachers and local government workers who retired in 2011.

Akeredolu, who was represented by his Special Adviser on Union Matters and Special Duties, Mr. Dare Aragbaiye, said the N1bn was sourced from the October allocation from the federation account.

He said the payment of N1bn marked a gradual defrayment of the backlog of gratuity arrears for retirees of Local Government and Primary school teachers.

According to him, “another tranche would soon be paid within the first quarter of next year.

Some pensioners who retired in 2012 were paid, while those the government termed distressed benefitted from the N1bn payment.


The governor said that his administration has fully paid all outstanding salaries and pensions, including the allowances of all retirees left by the previous administration.

“We want to make sure pensioners in the state do not suffer anymore. We are making efforts to rid our communities of miscreants and criminals, as well as those who engage in cult-related activities in our dear state.

“The State Government is continually committing enormous resources to strengthening the Amotekun Corps in terms of equipment and human resources.

“This is in addition to the provision of funds and other logistical support to other sister security agencies operating in Ondo State. Our government cannot tolerate a situation where our citizens cannot conduct their daily businesses in a safe environment.”

The Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Hon Takuro Amidu, said the payment of the gratuity was initiated by Governor Akeredolu by ensuring that some money was saved every month.


Amidu said that Governor Akeredolu was poised to take care of senior citizens.

Some of the pensioners said it was suicidal for them to survive 12 years without collecting their gratuities.

Many of them said that they would use a chunk of the money to pay accumulated debts.

One of them, Chief Ojo Samuel, said it was difficult for him to cope with life situations after he retired and his gratuity was not paid.

“We thank God we are alive to collect and enjoy our benefit.”


The chairman of pensioners in Ondo State, Johnson Osunyemi, said the payment of N1bn was a reassurance that the governor would do more for them.

Osunyemi said pensioners have not witnessed such a good gesture in the state.

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Gunshots At NANS Convention In Abuja, Seyi Tinubu Accused Of Imposing Candidate



Gunshots In Abuja At Nigerian Students, NANS Convention As Seyi Tinubu Allegedly Plots To Impose 48-Year-Old Candidate As President

Heavy gunshots on Wednesday rocked the vicinity of the old parade ground in Abuja, venue of the national convention of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), according to videos obtained by SaharaReporters.

NANS, the umbrella body of students of tertiary institutions in Nigeria, is currently holding a convention to elect a new set of national leaders.

A source, who spoke to SaharaReporters, said some students sustained wounds from the gunshots and machetes after thugs loyal to a candidate said to be the preferred choice of President Bola Tinubu’s son, Seyi, began attacking opposition delegates.

The thugs were said to have been led by one Sunday Asefon, recently appointed as the Senior Special Assistant to President Bola Tinubu on Students Engagements.


SaharaReporters had earlier reported how students and stakeholders kicked against the candidature of one Lucky Emonefe, a 48-year-old citizen, as president of the association.

Emonefe, who has been parading himself as Seyi’s preferred choice left the College of Education, Warri, Delta State 20 years ago (2003).

It was learnt that some politicians had raised millions of Naira to influence the ongoing election and support his candidature.

“It’s extremely shameful to see old men who should rather be more concerned about the lives and welfare of their wives and kids fighting for positions in the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS),” a student had said.

“Imagine someone who left the College of Education since 2003, about 20 years ago is now planning to become President of the association due to selfishness of some people working with politicians.”


Another student added, “This same old man, his wife is a serving councillor under PDP in Delta, she is serving her second tenure, so you can guess his age. He is supported by the Delta State Government machinery over this.

“But in Abuja, he is claiming to be an APC member after racketeers led by Asefon collected millions of Naira from him and sold him to Seyi Tinubu as APC candidate for NANS President. Now they came here and started shooting anyhow and attacking delegates who are not in Lucky’s support.”

About seven other aspirants are contesting to be President of the students’ association.

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