Oyo state government, on Friday, presented #180 Million gratuity cheques to 94 retired civil servants.
The brief event held at the state ministry of establishment and training had in attendance retired teachers, non-teaching staff, and judicial service commission staff, whose papers have been completed as at June 2013.
While presenting cheques to the 94 retirees, the Commissioner for Establishments and Training, Professor Daud Sangodoyin, stated that the state government has within 16 months, paid a total sum of #2.9 billion for about 1900 retirees.
He, however, hinted that the Oyo state governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde has constituted a committee to find a way through which the state government can clear the backlog of gratuities owed retirees, whose papers have been completed and submitted.
While speaking on behalf of the 94 retired civil servants, the assistant secretary, Nigeria Union Of Pensioners, Oyo state chapter, Comrade Banji Koleosho, lauded the state government for its kind gesture and described the timely disbursement of gratuity to retired workers by the state government as an uncommon feat.
Oyonews gathered that the state government will commence the payment of gratuity for workers who retired in July 2013, next month.