Bala orders immediate payment of gratuities in Bauchi

By Suru Charles

Governor Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed of Bauchi state has approved the sum of N500 Million for the immediate payment of gratuities in the state.

Making the announcement yesterday, the State Head of Civil Service, (HoS), Alhaji Yahuza Adamu Haruna, said the order is with immediate effect.

He made the announcement while briefing media men on the outcome of an extraordinary meeting of the State Executive Council (SEC) presided over by the governor at the Council Chambers, Government House, Bauchi.

According to him, the state government had already worked out the modality of offsetting the gratuity in the state once and for all with the introduction of a new pension scheme recently signed by the governor.

“It is a known fact that if there is any issue that bedevilled this government is that of gratuity arrears. In an effort to ensure that this ugly trend has not continued, a lasting solution has been sought and implemented.

“Because the hardship is so much, and as the governor is a listening governor, he is paying N500 million for the payment of gratuities with immediate effect. The N500 million is for gratuity only and for record purposes, Bauchi state government has been paying pension and salaries as at when due.”

The civil service boss further stated that the state government was concerned about the welfare of not only the pensioners but also those in the service and called for continued support to the government in its reforms agenda for the best interest of the service and the workers.

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The Commissioner for Health, Dr Sabi’u Gwalabe mentioned some of the achievements recorded in the health sector by the administration of Governor Bala Mohammed.

Such achievements, as enumerated by him, include the construction, renovation and equipping of 14 general hospitals as well as the construction, renovation and equipping of primary healthcare centres across the state.

Adding that “the state government also paid about N100 million counterpart funds for the basic care provisions. His Excellency, the Governor has also paid about $100,000 as a counterpart to impact project which is about to kick up in the 14 states of the federation.”

The State Commissioner of Budget and Economic Planning, Aminu Hammayo who spoke on the preparation for the 2023 budget proposal, assured that the state government will consolidate on its gains achieved in previous proposals.

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