Kano: Yusuf flags off death benefits, gratuities of Kano pensioners 

In fulfillment of one of his campaign promises as contained in his blueprint, Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf of Kano state, Saturday, flagged off the first tranche of settlement of death benefits to deceased civil servants and gratuity to 6,000 pensioners who exited from service and deceased workers between 2016 and 2019.

The amount for the project is billions of naira at an elaborate occasion that was held at Coronation Hall, Government House, Kano.

This was contained in a statement signed by chief press secretary to Kano state governor, Sanusi Bature Dawakin Tofa, weekend.

Delivering his address at the event, Governor Yusuf said the payment was possible despite empty treasury and competing developmental projects as the government had blocked leakages of public funds.

Alhaji Yusuf said his administration was concerned with the plight of pensioners, especially those at the lower level, as they are the recipients of the economic hardship occasioned by the removal of fuel subsidy in the country.

The governor said to ensure the continuation of the settlement of the backlog, N10 billion was proposed in the state for  next year’s budget to ensure more inclusion of gratuity and death benefits of bereaved families of deceased civil servants.

He made a clarion call to the receivers of the funds to make judicious use of what the money and invest wisely in lawful businesses to cater for their day-to-day needs and other necessities of life.

In his submission, the deputy governor and Commissioner for Local Governments and Chieftaincy Affairs, Comrade Aminu Abdulsalam Gwarzo, appreciated the selection of beneficiaries with not more than 3 million at the state level, 1.5 million at local government levels, all within grade levels 1- 6.