- The senior citizens in Akwa Ibom state are in a jubilant mood at the moment
- The Akwa Ibom state government have commenced paying the benefits of the retirees
- The next of kin of those who have passed on are also receiving the benefits on behalf of their late parents
No fewer than 97 next of kin of retired primary school teachers in Akwa Ibom state have received their late parents' benefits.
This is in addition to about 67 retired primary school teachers and 11 physically challenged persons who were finally paid their gratuity by the state government.
A statement sent to Legit.ng by the Akwa Ibom state government noted that they are part of the first beneficiaries of payment of gratuity as promised by the state governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel.
Legit.ng gathered that the payment spans a period of 24 years, from 1976-2000.
Governor Emmanuel had pledged to commence payment of gratuity and pensions to all eligible retirees in line with the commitment of his administration to bring succor and relief to senior citizens of the state who sacrificed a greater part of their productive years in service of Akwa Ibom.
Speaking to journalists in Uyo, the state capital, the Head of the Civil Service, Akwa Ibom state, Elder Effiong Essien said the state government further approved the payment of entitlements to 5,296 retired primary school teachers, 1,838 next of kin in the state from 1976 to 2000 which he said will be paid in batches.
Meanwhile, Akwa Ibom has been ranked one of the best performing states in the 2020 sub-national budget transparency survey.
The survey which was conducted by the Civil Resource Development and Documentation Centre to ascertain the level of budget performance by states of the federation revealed that Akwa Ibom and four other states topped the budget performance index for the year, 2020.
The Nigerian States Budget Transparency Survey Report also revealed that Akwa Ibom and some other states have significantly improved budget transparency and participation, and have improved the robustness of the procurement process.
In a related development, Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom recently vowed to complete all major infrastructural projects in the state before leaving office.
The governor listed the Ibom Deep Seaport and the Ikot Oku Ikono flyover as some of the projects he hopes to complete before 2023.