Amosun approves N58 million retirement benefits for ex-Gateway Hotels staff

Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State.

N2.5 million would be paid on a monthly basis until the benefits are fully paid.

The Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, on Thursday approved the payment of the N58.1 million outstanding retirement benefits owed the managers of the three defunct Gateway Hotels in Abeokuta, Ijebu-Ode and Ota.

The managers were relieved of their appointments by the Gbenga Daniel administration in 2004.

A statement by the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Yusuph Olaniyonu, said the payment was sequel to an appeal made on behalf of the 34 workers by the Hotel and Personal Services Senior Staff Association and followed 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.

Mr. Olaniyonu said 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 said.

He revealed that the workers had, following the settlement/agreement reached with the government, withdrawn a suit filed at the Industrial Arbitration Panel.

He said that the Daniel government, after disengaging the managers, had reneged on a 2006 agreement to pay the sum of N2.5 million monthly till the outstanding balance of the terminal benefits were paid in full.

Mr. Olaniyonu said Mr. Amosun’s gesture was in line with his government’s “welfarist” policy, which not only recognised the selfless services of the serving public officers but also appreciated the untiring sacrifices of those who served the state.

The commissioner also said the governor noted the death of some of the managers while they awaited their terminal benefits.

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