Niger state governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello yesterday assured the state civil service of a better welfare package, as he signed into law a bill establishing the Contributory Pension Scheme for employees in public sector of Niger State Act of 2017.
The governor gave the assurance after signing the executive bill which was passed by the state House of Assembly almost a year after it was presented to the state legislative arm.
Gov. Sani Bello said that his administration was committed to ensuring that the welfare of its work force is given priority attention, hence the prompt payment of salaries of workers in the state.
According to the governor, “from time to time we will continue to make necessary adjustment to improve on the quality of life of our civil servants. They need to be properly taken care off. Government will continue to find ways to improve their lots”.
He also assured retiring civil servants, both at the state and local governments levels of prompt payment of their terminal benefits, stressing that his administration will not deny or hold on to any officer who had put in 35 years of service their retirement benefits.
” Our retiring civil servants have given 35 years of their lives to the service of the state, government must reduce their hardship by ensuring payment of their pension. We have to ensure everyone is paid as at when due,” the governor assured.
On gratituity, governor said machinery is been put in place to calculate and structure its payment over a period of time, while government will continue to honour the monthly payment of pension to those under the old pension scheme.
The governor commended the legislature for a thorough work in passing the bill into law, while he also thanked all other stakeholders for meaningfully contributing to the passage of the bill.
The ceremony was witnessed by the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Ahmed Marafa, members of the legislature and the executive as well as the organised labour, led by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) state chairman, Comrade Idris Ndako and some retired permanent secretaries.