Edo government begins payment of 37 years pension arrears

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The Edo State Government has commenced the payment of pension arrears owed retired local government workers between 1984 and 2021.

In a statement, the Edo State Commissioner for Local Government Affairs, Hon. Monday Osaigbovo, said the payment will be in batches.

Osaigbovo said the payment is in furtherance of the Governor Godwin Obaseki-led administration’s commitment to the welfare of workers and retirees in the state.

According to him, “In line with the Government promise in our earlier letter dated 20th January 2023 (LGSPB/469/T1/91), the Local Government Staff Pensions Board has started the payment in batches of the huge pension arrears owed to her retired Local Government workers in the state between 1984 and 2021.

“The government’s commitment to the retirees is in line with the ongoing revamp of the state’s civil and public service, engendering responsive and technology-driven service delivery”.

Continuing, the commissioner expressed satisfaction that the the Obaseki-led administration’s  governance models would impact greatly on the lives and productivity of the State’s public workers.

He added that the state government has expended over N25bn in clearing the pension arrears of pensioners, even as he noted that the government has also implemented the Contributory Pension Scheme, as against the Derived Benefits Scheme. 

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