Sani Dawaki Gabasawa, Chairman, Kano State Pension Fund Trustees, says the state government owes its retired workers over N20 billion gratuities.
Gabasawa told newsmen yesterday in Kano that the pension trustees had not been able to pay gratuities to retirees since 2016.
According to him, over 31,000 retirees are awaiting payment of their gratuities of N20 billion accumulated backlog.
He attributed the backlog of the gratuities to the failure of some government agencies to remit their monthly eight per cent pension contribution to the trustees.
“As I am talking to you, we pay N1.2 billion pension to retirees every month. Every month the pension increases.
“We are in a difficult situation. Let me tell you that there must be delay in the payment of gratuities in this state. This is because the state has not paid gratuities since 2016 due to lack of funds.”
Gabasawa, however, expressed hope that the state government would resume paying gratuities to the retirees as Governor Abdullahi Ganduje had formed a committee to ratify all discrepancies so as to continue disbursement of the retired workers’ entitlements.
He denied allegations that he engaged in negotiation with retirees to pay certain percentage of their entitlements before they were paid their gratuities.