Osun State Government has revealed that Governor Ademola Adeleke, since his assumption of office in November 27, 2022, has paid N3 billion as monthly pension, both old scheme and contributory pensions.
The state government also revealed that the payment of the pensions commenced on Monday, November 28, 2022.
The News Agency of Nigeria reported that the government made this known in a statement signed by the Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, Kolapo Alimi, in reaction to allegations of nonpayment of accrued pensions, during the weekend.
The state government also raised an alarm that based on the allegations, which it described as false, some elements in the state were getting ready to stage a protest march.
Recall that, over the weekend, some individuals in the state had alleged that the state government stopped the payment of pensions.
The statement read, “We want the public to note that the current government has been consistent in paying some of the accrued pensions, owed by previous governments from the inception of his administration.
“While we have ascertained and confirmed that the rumour of a planned protest is not true, we alert the public to the spreading of the fake news designed to offend and confuse the contributory pensioners who are strong supporters of Governor Adeleke.
“We assert that the pensioners and other stakeholders are aware of the sustained efforts of the current government to pay up the inherited pensions.
“It may also interest stakeholders to note that the Governor has 48 hours ago directed the hosting of an emergency consultative meeting with contributory pensioners to table full data before them and agree on a path to further payments.
“Details of the meeting are to be communicated to relevant stakeholders.
“The records of the breakdown of the pensions payment according to the state government through the Local Government Staff Pension Bureau are:
“Primary school teachers (N2,916,224,341: 30) and local government staff pensioners (N1,062,469,743 : 86).
“Death benefits for primary school teachers (N324,289,590: 62) and death benefits for local government staff pensioners (N96,181,032: 92).
“Monthly contributory pension remittance for primary school teachers (N1,083,197,265:36) and local government staff pensioners (N601,774,032:32).
“Presentation of bond certificates to primary school teachers (N1,911,370,211:44) and local government staff pensioners (N708,041,378:97).”