Oshiomhole Inherited Pension, Gratuity Arrears from 1998, Says Aide

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Adibe Emenyonu in Benin City

The Governor Adams Oshiomhole led administration of Edo, which took over government on November 12, 2008, inherited pension and gratuity arrears from 1998, says Didi Adodo, the state Commissioner for Establishment and Special Duties.

Adodo, who disclosed this to newsmen in Benin City on Wednesday, said the arrears of these gratuities and pensions have been cleared up to 2011 by the present administration.

He said the governor deserves commendation and not condemnation on the issue of workers’ welfare, especially the pensioners.

Adodo revealed that Oshiomhole rescinded an earlier decision to pay pension and gratuity of only those who retired under his administration by clearing the backlog left by the administration of Chief Lucky Igbinedion.

The commissioner who acknowledged that some pensioners were being owed arrears, however said it was not true that some were being owed arrears of about 42 months.

His words: “People should know Oshiomhole government has done more to ameliorate the plight of pensioners in the state than any other government.”

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