Ekiti State Government has debunked allegation that the State was
deducting 25% or any amount from the gratuities of pensioners in the
In a statement made available to newsmen in Ado Ekiti, the State
Commissioner for Information and Values Orientation, Hon. Akin Omole
explained that the State Government, after due consultations with the
leadership of the Nigerian Union of Pensioners (NUP), established the
Ekiti Discount Gratuity Settlement Scheme as part of efforts to fast
track payment of backlog of retirees’ gratuities through a negotiated
Hon. Omole who noted that the Fayemi led administration increased the
amount of money released monthly for payment of gratuities to
N100million from N10million that the previous administration was
hitherto paying, stated that the amount could only settle less than 30
retirees monthly while the funds available under the new scheme will
be capable of settling up to 1000 retirees when it starts early next
Omole added that the State Government consequently negotiated and
obtained approval of the leadership of the Nigerian Union of
Pensioners to commence the Scheme whereby a financial institution
(United Capital) would pay the retirees under agreed terms and collect
the funds from government between now and 2022 when the programme
He stressed that the scheme was designed to ensure outstanding
gratuities are paid as early as possible instead of government to
continue owing retirees’ gratuities for years.
Emphasizing that the participation in the scheme is optional as no
pensioner would be forced into the arrangement, Omole stated that it
was designed for pensioners who would rather collect their gratuities
within the stipulated period than wait in line for years to do so.
According to him, interested pensioners are to choose which period
they prefer from March, 2021; June, 2021; October, 2021 and February,
2022 with discount of 15%, 10%, 5% and 0% respectively, adding that
concerned pensioners would be guaranteed payment of their individual
gratuities with promissory note that would be issued to them.
He said that “the promissory note is like a post-dated Cheque. Once
issued, the pensioner is guaranteed payment of his gratuity on the
date written on the Cheque. No story!
“Other pensioners who are not interested in participating in the
scheme may however wait patiently for the date on their Promissory
Notes which would be issued for February, 2022 and they would get
their money in full without discount or deductions.
“The Scheme is completely optional. No retiree is forced or mandated
to accept any discount if they choose to wait until February 2022”.
Stressing that the scheme is part of efforts of Governor Fayemi to
swiftly alleviate the burdens of retirees in the State by settling
their gratuities without bankrupting the state, Omole said that
interested retirees are already collecting and filling the forms to
sign up for the scheme.
He therefore called on people in the State to disregard any contrary
report being circulated by those he described as mischievous elements
to foment anarchy in the State.