By Chris Nyamtu – Lafia
Governor of Nasarawa State,Alhaji Abdullahi Sule has described as highly regrettable the inability of the state government to pay Pensioners their July entitlements to enable them to celebrate the Sallah without difficulties.
Governor Abdullahi Sule gave this indication when members of Correspondents’ Chapel of the State Council of Nigeria Union of Journalists paid him a Sallah Homage in his country home Gudi, Akwanga Local Government Area of Nasarawa State.
He stated that the non payment of retired civil servants in the state for the month of July was as a result of an order from a federal High Court in Abuja to garnish bank accounts of the state government.
Governor Sule however, also said in spite of the court order to garnish the bank accounts, the state government was able to make arrangements from other sources to pay July salaries of workers in the state before the Sallah celebration.
The Governor noted that the development which came few hours to the Sallah break made it difficult for the state government to provide for the payment of July Pensions before the Sallah festivity.
Governor Abdullahi Sule who pointed out that his administration inherited a huge backlog of retirees gratuity which led to court action by pensioners in the state said efforts were being made to resolve the matter as soon as possible to enable them access their entitlements.
A Federal High Court had ordered that bank accounts of Nasarawa State Government be garnished due to non enforcement of an out of court agreement between a concerned group of Pensioners and the state government over non payment of their gratuities and other entitlements.