Kaduna Govt. spends N19.9bn on gratuity, death benefits in one year

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Kaduna State Government has said it has expended N19.9 billion on pension, gratuity and death benefits of its civil servants within the 365 days of Governor Uba Sani’s administration.

Executive Secretary of Kaduna Pension Bureau, Prof. Salamatu Isah, stated this at a one-day sensitisation on “Data Recapture Exercise for State Public Servants under the Contributory Pension Scheme” on Thursday in Kaduna.

The event, which was organised by the Bureau in collaboration with the Pension Funds Administrators operating in the state, had in attendance representatives of civil servants from all the MDAs in the state.

Speaking to newsmen shortly after the programme, Isah urged the civil servants to perfect their records to avoid challenges after retirement.

Kaduna State Government has said it has expended N19.9 billion on pension, gratuity and death benefits of its civil servants within the 365 days of Governor Uba Sani’s administration.

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Executive Secretary of Kaduna Pension Bureau, Prof. Salamatu Isah, stated this at a one-day sensitisation on “Data Recapture Exercise for State Public Servants under the Contributory Pension Scheme” on Thursday in Kaduna.

The event, which was organised by the Bureau in collaboration with the Pension Funds Administrators operating in the state, had in attendance representatives of civil servants from all the MDAs in the state.

Speaking to newsmen shortly after the programme, Isah urged the civil servants to perfect their records to avoid challenges after retirement.

“In the area of gratuity payment, we have expended N6.9 billion. So, that is quite a lot within one year. And we have paid over 2,000 people in terms of gratuity and death benefits in the new and old scheme.

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“She, however, noted that the only challenge is the huge liabilities the state has to settle. Though, the liabilities have reduced drastically, it is still something that we need to put in more effort, especially that we have disengaged teachers that have not received their gratuities and death benefits.”

She added, “The essence of the programme is to ensure that, all Kaduna Civil Servants are well documented by the Pension Fund Administrators because that is the only way to ensure a seamless receipt of retirement their retirement benefits.

“We want to from now prevent the challenges of errors in names, BVN not tallying with a name or National Identity Number not captured.

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“The reason we had to do this data recapturing is that a good number of the civil servants were captured when there was no BVN or NIN. We also got to know that the PFAs have not been able to do data capturing properly for all the public servants of Kaduna State. Even though they have registered with the PFAs, the PFAs getting detailed information about their clients when they are retiring is significant.

“So, with this sensitization, civil servants who have not done proper registration with their PFAs will know what to do. From the presentations, the civil servants have been told what and what they need to do.”

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