By Danjuma Joseph Lafia

Gov. Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State, has said the state needs over N40 billion to clear backlog of gratuity to pensioners in the state.

Sule made this known yeaterday during media chat to mark his one year in office in Lafia.

Gov Sule, said that his administration is committed to the welfare of pensioners in order to improve on their standard of living.

” My administration is committed to the welfare of pensioners and other civil servants in order to better their lots.

”Over N40 billion is needed by the state government to clear the backlog of gratuity to pensioners in the state.

”I am having that in my mind as we are hoping and praying that we will have money to pay. My wish is to start commencing the payment of gratuity.

”As it is a huge liability to the state .It is not only Nasarawa State that is having the challenge but the country at large, ” he said.

Sule urged the state local government council chairmen to look inwards qin order to improve on their Internally Generated Revenue ( IGR) for the overall development of their councils.

”My believe is that when you work, you should be paid. For the state worker, we are paying 100 per cent to both the civil servants and pensioners.

”For the Local Government civil servants, as we are all aware that there is an autonomy in the local government

”On percentage payment as you asked, I can not direct the local government but I can only work with them to address some issues affecting local government councils in the state.

”The true is that they don’t have the money but I will continue to partner with them towards improving on the standard of living of local government staff, ” he said.

The governor urged the local government chairmen to look inwards in order to improve on their Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) for the overall development of their councils.

He also urged the chairmen to block leakages in the interest of their councils and the stare at large.

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