Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, has approved the payment of the N58.1 million outstanding retirement benefits owed managers of the three defunct Gateway Hotels in Abeokuta, Ijebu-Ode and Ota, who were relieved of their appointments by the erstwhile Gbenga Daniel?s administration in 2004.
The development was sequel to an appeal made on behalf of the 34 workers by the Hotel and Personal Services Senior Staff Association, following an agreement reached with the Joint Public Service Negotiating Council and the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria, in a meeting held on February 25, with representatives of the government, led by the governor.
Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Alhaji Yusuph Olaniyonu said in a statement that the sum of N2.5 million would be paid on a monthly basis until the benefits are fully paid.
“The Trade Union Congress had at the recent meeting held with the governor, appealed for the payment, as it will go a long way in relieving the hardship being faced by affected workers,” the commissioner added.
He revealed that the workers had, following the settlement/agreement reached with the government, withdrawn a suit filed at the Industrial Arbitration Panel.
The Daniel government after disengaging the managers had reneged in a 2006 agreement to pay the sum of N2.5 million monthly till the outstanding balance of the terminal benefits are paid in full.
Olaniyonu said the governor’s gesture is in line with his government’s welfarist policy which not only recognises the selfless services of the serving public officers but also appreciates the untiring sacrifices of those who served the state.
The commissioner also said the governor noted the death of some of the managers while awaiting their terminal benefits.