Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, has reiterated his commitment to solving pension issues in the State, calling for patience among pensioners as the government resolves lingering challenges.
Governor Obaseki in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media Projects, Crusoe Osagie, noted that the government has shown good faith by solving two out of the three major issues affecting pensioners in the State.
“They include unpaid pension arrears running into over N4bn; failure to harmonize pension payment and the issue of outstanding gratuities owed pensioners
“It is necessary to emphasize that these problems predate the current administration
“Of these three major challenges that pensioners in Edo State faced, the Obaseki-led government took the bold step to successfully address two and is hard at work in solving the last of them, which is clearing outstanding gratuities
“The government has cleared the backlog of arrears and ensured the implementation of the Contributory Pension Scheme to check a repeat of the ugly trend and has also harmonized pension payment – which had lingered for over 20 years – ensuring that pensions are better paid in line with current realities in Edo State