Pension: Niger not Owing Retirees

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By Laleye Dipo in Minna

The Niger State government on Tuesday declared that it is not owing any retiree under the old pension scheme their entitlements.

However the government explained that pensioners that fell under the new Contributory Pension Scheme were yet to start collecting their entitlements.

Director General of the state Pension Board, Alhaji Usman Tinau Ahmed, flanked by a host of top government officials told newsmen in Government House in Minna that between March 2016 and June this year, government had paid over N2.1 billion as pension and gratuities to both state and local government retirees under the old scheme.

According to Ahmed, 940 retirees in the local governments had enjoyed their benefits, while a total of 388 pensioners from the state civil service had been paid.

He said government was still working out the augmentation for pensioners as a result of the increase in the salary of workers between 2002 and 2014.

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