- Pensioners in Kaduna state have expressed satisfaction over Governor El-Rufai's kind gesture
- The governor increased the monthly benefits of the pensioners from N3,000 to N30,000
- Muyiwa Adekeye, the governor's spokesman made this known on Thursday, January 30
The pensioners in Kaduna state are in jubilation mood over the unexpected increase in their monthly benefits by Governor Nasir El-Rufai.
Legit.ng reports that the good news was announced on Thursday, January 30, in a statement issued by the governor's spokesman, Muyiwa Adekeye, and made available to the newsmen.
He said the governor shocked pensioners in the state as he increased their benefits from N3,000 to N30,000, saying that what most pensioners take home was unacceptable.
Adekeye said that Governor El-Rufai promised that the proposed increase would be tabled before the state executive council meeting and that the payment of the new pensions would commence once the approval is secured.
He quoted the governor as saying that although the new minimum pensions would increase the wage bill of Kaduna state by N200 million, the state government believes that it is important to let pensioners receive decent pensions.
The state chapter of the Nigerian Union of Pensioners (NUP) had written a letter to the governor commending him for raising the minimum pension payment in the state to N30,000 monthly.
The pensioner’s statement, signed by its state chairman, Alhaji Abdul-Ramalan Kwarbai, noted that Malam El-Rufai is the first governor to announce the payment of minimum pension.
The union also acknowledged that Mallam El-Rufai is the first governor to pay the new national minimum.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo state made a huge sacrifice in order for his administration to be able to pay salaries and pensions as and when due.
It was reported that the governor, through his spokesman, announced on Tuesday, January 28, that he forfeit his security votes to ensure workers in the state are adequately taken care of.
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