By Akpeji Charles
Keying into the newly introduced pension scheme, has been identified by the Taraba state government as the surest and easy ways of heralding smiles on the faces of pensioners across the country.
With this the need for state governments that are yet to cue into the scheme so as to permanently put to rest the issue of pensioners gratuities, the government of Taraba state said would go a long way to alleviate pensioners plights.
In a chat with newsmen tagged ” Face the Press” the Chief of Staff, Government House Administration, Rebo Usman, he beckoned at state governments yet to key into the scheme to ” be wise enough to key into the new pension scheme.”
Though Taraba state government as made known by him has not key into the scheme, but relevant measures to join the leagues of states presently benefiting from the scheme, he said have been mapped out.
The Chief of staff who observed that the ” governor has a heart for those people who have not been paid their gratuities” the problem, according to him is not the making of the state government but the federal government”
Certain that the dreams of pensioner in the state would soon be a thing of the past ” the issue of gratuity” as stated by him “is not a Taraba state government issue but a national issue” adding that “Taraba state has not been able to key into the contributory pension scheme.”
Apart from the ongoing round table dialogue that have being going on between the state government and staff of Pension Commission (PENCOM), committee to ensure that the state immediately key into the system, according to Usman have as well been set up by the government”
Stressing that “nothing to hide concerning this issue” the state government as made known by him ” is up to date with the payment of pensioners” drumming that the “notion being carried about that pensioners are not being paid is incorrect.”
Taraba state, as stated “by him is one of the few states of the federation that have not being taking lightly the issues of pensioners monthly payment as because all our retirees civil servants have collected their pensions.”
Also corroborate the Chief of Staff, the Executive Chairman, State Pension Board, Nuhu Abe, said ” no retiree is own pension in Taraba state. pensioners are up to date in the receipt of their pensions as far as the state government is concern.”
The Board chairman who made known that over 3,547 in the state employment have retired, said the state governor, Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku ” is always having sleepless night over pensioners gratuities. he is trying his best to rescue the situation.”
Abe who stated that ” pension is different from gratuity” revealed that amount presently been owed pensioner as gratuities in the state has risen to over N9,699 billion adding that .a committee have been set up to look into the issue of keying the state into the pension scheme.
Some of the pensioners who corroborates the Chief of Staff and the Board chairman agreed that the state government is up to date in the payment of pension but suggested that relevant machineries should be put in place to facilitate the payment of gratuity as that would enable them to embark on projects that would herald smiles on their faces.
The ” Face the Press” which was organized by the Senior Special Assistant to the state governor on Public Affair, Emmanuel Bello, as observed by Naija247 News, ignites the presence of media practitioners from print’ electronic and new media.