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Kwara Govt Spends N20bn On Payment Of Pensions, Gratuities

In the last two years, Governor AbdulRahaman AbdulRazaq administration has spent close to N20 billion on payment of pensions and gratuities.

The governor’s special adviser on strategy, Alhaji Sa’adu Salahu, stated this at an award programme organised in Ilorin, the state capital.

Salahu said the state government had expended about N16 billion on pensions and close to N3 billion on gratuities to retirees at both the state and local government levels.

He stated that this is in addition to the regular payment of full salaries to all categories of workers in the state and local government areas.

The special adviser mentioned the payment of counterpart funds to the Universal Basic Education Commission, UBEC, had earned Kwara N14 billion to fix infrastructure at the basic education level across the state.

He said the state government had engaged more than 4,701 teachers while fresh recruitment exercises were ongoing at the state’s civil service and Kwara Internal Revenue Service, KWIRS.

Salahu said Twenty-one thousand traders have benefitted under the state government’s social investment programme while N10billion has been raised to support farmers in the state including farm inputs while another 13,000 youths have also benefitted from information technology, IT, programme to make them self- reliant.

Earlier, Kwara Central Senatorial District, Mallam Taiwo AbdulMaliq, said the programme was organised to recognise those that were supporting the state government to achieve its goals.

Represented at the event by a university don, Dr Ghali Alaaya, Governor AbdulRazaq received an award alongside others.

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