Leaders of organised labour and pensioners union have commended the Kaduna State governor, Uba Sani, for the release of N3.1billion for the payment of retirees’ gratuities and death benefits to families of deceased beneficiaries under the Defined Benefit Scheme and the Contributory Pension Schemes.
In three separate letters from the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Trade Union Congress (TUC) and the Nigeria Union of Pensioners (NUP), the unions showered encomiums on the governor and the Kaduna State government for the release of the funds, especially in the face of current economic realities.
The NLC in its letter signed by its state chairman, Comrade Ayuba Suleiman, said, “We write to appreciate Your Excellency for the approval and release of N3.1 billion for the payment of gratuity for retirees and death benefits for families of the deceased retirees. This singular gesture will serve as an immediate intervention that will alleviate the suffering of both the retirees and the families of our fallen heroes that served our dear state diligently.”
Similarly, NUP and TUC lauded the governor for the release of the pension funds.
Additionally, the groups in their commendation letters while pledging their unflinching support to the Governor Uba Sani administration, advocated for the constitution of the Board of the Kaduna State Pension Bureau to ensure total transparency.
The Kaduna State Pension Bureau had said over 1,000 retirees and families of deceased beneficiaries were to benefit from the pension funds released as the verification exercise for the payment of the gratuity and death benefits has commenced in the three senatorial zones of Kaduna State.