The Governor of Borno state, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum has approved the payment of 2018 outstanding leave grants to 9,898 workers; payment of gratuities to families of 185 deceased pensioners and another compassionate intervention to families of 236 pensioners who have also passed on.
The governor in a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Public Relations and Strategy, Malam Isa Gusau, issued on Tuesday, explained that, Governor Zulum had directed the head of service to work with the state’s ministry of finance to ensure payments hit bank accounts of all beneficiaries within days.
It could be recalled that Governor Zulum had last month approved payment of gratuities to 1,684 pensioners who retired from 2013 to date. Gusau said also in the Governor’s approval,, was the payment of furniture allowance to two permanent secretaries who were in office when the Governor paid an unscheduled visit to the state secretariat in Maiduguri on May 31, 2019, which was 48 hours after his inauguration.
Governor Zulum had during his visit, trapped absentee permanent secretaries, directors and other categories of workers. He also caught many late comers. The Governor promised sanctions for absentees and those who arrived late while promising a reward for the permanent secretaries and 96 workers he met on ground.
“In fulfillment of his promise, the governor, reward the permanent secretaries with speedy approval of their furniture allowances and gave order for early release of the 2019 leave grant to the 96 workers he found in office back in May. The same workers were also included for payment of the 2018 outstanding leave grants,” the statement explained.
Gusau also said that Governor Zulum’s approval also included payment of temporary salaries and pensions to 56 workers and 51 pensioners who are yet to fully comply with requirements to complete their biometric capturing to become permanently entitled to monthly salaries and pensions.