Ajimobi, Oyo Pensioners Agree On Payment Of N42.3bn Arrears


The Oyo State Government yesterday said it had reached an agreement with pensioners in the state on how the N42.3 billion unpaid gratuities and pension arrears would be cleared.
The Commissioner for Justice and Attorney-General of the state, Mr Seun Abimbola, said this at the resumed hearing of the suit filed at the National Industrial Court by the state chapter of the Nigeria Union of Pensioners against Governor Abiola Ajimobi.
Other respondents in the suit were the Commissioner for Justice and Attorney-General, Commissioner for Finance, Accountant-General and Head of Service.
Also included are the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters and Chairman, Oyo State Local Government Service Commission.
NUP instituted the suit on behalf of retired primary school teachers and local government pensioners, who were still owed their gratuities and pension, totalling N42.3billion.
Abimbola, who stood on behalf of the state, told the court that the respondents had met several times with the claimants and terms of the agreement had been put into writing for the court to adopt as a consent judgment.
He, however, said that the government still had some few administrative processes to complete on the terms of settlement.
He said that out of the seven signatories to the agreement, two had yet to complete the process.
He, therefore, urged the court to grant him an adjournment in order for all the signatories to append their signatures.