- Not fewer than 9,000 retired civil servants in Kaduna have called on Governor El-Rufai to pay their retirement benefits
- The retirees said they have not received any dine from their retirement benefits contrary to the governor’s claim that he had paid all the retirees
- The retired civil servants lamented some of them have died while some are in poor health condition due to the non-payment of the benefits
About 9,000 civil servants who were alleged to have been compulsorily retired by Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna state have urged the governor to pay their retirement entitlements.
The secretary of the retirees under auspices of Restructured Civil Servants of Kaduna state, Ahmed Muazu, said the call became imperative because of Governor El-Rufai’s claim that he had paid the retirees.
Daily Trust reports that Muazu stated this during a press conference on Thursday, January 10, in Kaduna.
He said: “We have been pressed to make this pronouncement as result of the several pronouncements by Governor El-Rufai in the media that he has paid everybody. When he made such pronouncement, we became shocked.
“We wish to inform the general public and with due respect to Governor El-Rufai who made several pronouncements in the media that all of us have been paid.
“We now request the governor or any other person to reach to any of our pension administrators and find out if any of the over nine thousand officers who were compulsorily retired from the civil service of Kaduna state was given a dine; as they always say they are waiting for the governor. This is our predicament.”
Muazu lamented that a good number of the retirees have died while some are in critical medical conditions while waiting for their benefits.
His words: “It may interest the governor to know that a sizeable number of our colleagues have died, some are paralyzed and many are hypertensive. All these happen suddenly as there was no notice, no leakage and majority were not ready for the retirement and have no money in their pockets, yet their entitlements are not paid.
“We have begun to lose control of our families because we cannot feed them nor cloth them. We cannot pay their school fees just as we are like every other persons; we have children in primary and secondary schools, as well as tertiary institutions. WAEC and NECO have started registration of potential candidates and our children are at home due to our inability to pay the charges.”
The Kaduna state government has not reacted to the retirees’ claim as at the time of filing this report.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Governor El-Rufai said President Muhammadu Buhari has a strong commitment in stopping insecurities in Birnin Gwari local government area of Kaduna state.
El-Rufai also said the president has asked Alhaji Aliko Dangote to build the road linking Kaduna-Birin Gwari to Niger state border.
The Kaduna governor said Dangote has given N5 billion to the project, stressing that the money came from the tax benefit Dangote was given by the federal government.
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