Niger establishes e-platform for pensioners.
BY Yahaya Zakka Minna.
Niger state government is to design a pension and salary platform to force everyone in pension issue to strickly abide by it.
Governor Abubakar Sani Bello of Niger state disclosed this at a round table discussion in Minna, represented by his deputy Ahmed mohamed ketso explained that Local governments in the state can not pay salaries.
He task LGC principal staff to tackle irregularities in salaries, and pension of workers.
” There is need for all the principal staff across the 25 local government areas to work together towards finding lasting solutions to the irregularities in salaries and pension of Local government workers.”
According to the governor, government have been accused of being part of the problem of none payment of salary and pension to local governments.
” The new pension platform will force everyone in the system to either agree with the new system or continue to do what you are used to or face the law when you are caught.”
He lamented that many of the coucils in the state can not pay salaries of workers due to over bloating of their wage Bill which resulted to none excecution of projects except assistance from the state government.
” It is unfortunate that a worker will retire from service or die in active service and his/ her benefits is delayed for five to six years, majorly caused by the desk officers of Local government.”the governor decried.
” In view of this, government is now committed to settle all irregularities in emoluments, pension and promotion of local government civil servants.”
“Already government have some names of those who do not want the system to work,because of their selfish interest,the problem was created by all stake holders and solution must be profered from all the stake holders”
Speaking at the forum,the secretary to the state government,Alh.Ahmed Ibrahim matane, said during the last verification excercise of pensioners,it was discovered that some pensioners were dead but their pension was still running, some have retired from service,but still receiving both salary and pension.even as some retired from service for years without being paid a pension.
” Some local government workers have stayed longer than necessary with out promotion, adding that promoting them will motivate them to put in there best.