Gombe state Government has approved an upward review of pension to the retired Civil Servants in the state.
The review which was long overdue failed by successive administration in the state, Commissioner for Information and Orientation Ahmed Umar Suleiman announced this shortly after the weekly state Executive Council meeting on Wednesday.
He said, the Council has approved the upward review from N4,515.93 kobo to N9,000 which is about 55% (percent) increase while, those collecting N9,000 as pension are to enjoy an increase of additional twenty five percent (25%) respectively.
Shedding more light, Head of Civil Service Alh. Adamu Abubakar said according to the pension law, pensions are supposed to be reviewed after every five years but this has not been done since the creation of Gombe State over two decades, and lauded governor Ibrahim Dankwambo for the increase adding that, “this review will go a long way in the alleviating the suffering of the retirees who have served the State and Local Government diligently” he added.
Abubakar said that, the State Government from this month will implement the said increment to the 15,600 pensioners which is to cost the State Government the sum of Twenty Eight Million Naira monthly (28m).
Other memoranda considered by the Council according to Information Commissioner are; the approval for the Gombe State participation for accelerating Nutrition result and that of the Commodity Depot and Exchange Centre, where two centres two centres were established in order to boost the Internally Generated Revenue in the state as well as serve as Off-takers and Regulating Agency among the Grains sellers and other companies.