The State Government of Osun on Friday disbursed about #N16m as “death in service claims” to the next-of-Kin of some civil servants who died while in active service of the state government.
About six claimants benefited from the latest disbursement in fulfilment of the terms of agreement of the Contributory Pension Scheme.
The State Government has since the commencement of the contributory pension scheme in the state been paying annual premium on every civil servant as life assurance in an effort to fulfill the pension scheme agreement.
Speaking while distributing the cheques to the beneficiaries in his office on Monday, the Commissioner for Finance, Mr Bola Oyebamiji who acted on behalf of the state government, commiserated with them on the loss of their loved ones, praying that God will grant them the fortitude to bear the pain.
He then urged the beneficiaries to ensure that the money they have received is spent judiciously especially on the education of the children the departed souls left behind.
He said, “We thank God that the government of Osun has been fulfilling her part of the agreement of the contributory pension scheme through the payment of an annual premium as life assurance scheme on every civil servant, that is the reason why we are able to do this today.
“This government is committed to the welfare of civil servants and all residents of this state, we shall continue to strive to ensure that all the promises made to the good people of the state of Osun are met.
“On behalf of the state Governor, Mr Adegboyega Oyetola, I commiserate with you on your loss. It’s actually a loss for the entire state and I pray that God should be with the children and other family members they have left behind.
“I plead with you to use the money you have just been given judiciously, you should use it for the education of the children and dependants they have left behind”. Oyebamiji stated.
The beneficiaries who wouldn’t want their names published for security reasons were full of gratitude to the State Government of Osun, saying that the funds will go a long way in alleviating their financial challenges having lost their breadwinners.
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