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How Obi Spent N40b On Pensioners

Posted: Aug 7, 2015 at 4:13 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Valentine Amanze, Lagos


Anambra State immediate past Governor, Peter Obi, has said that his government spent close to N40 billion to settle arrears of pension and gratuities owed in the state since 1999.

Obi spoke when the Immaculate Heart of Mary’s Sisters opened their new Old People’s Home at Nkpor.

He recalled that he also paid some selected old people above 75 years who were neither pensioners nor had any means of assistance N5,000 per month.

“I made sure that those that retired from service got their entitlements in three months,” he said.

Obi, who was accompanied by his former commissioners, Prof. Chinyere Stella Okunna, Mr. Patrick Obi; and Prof. Akachi Ezeigbo, described the conception of the project as visionary.

He promised that he would continue to assist in its maintenance in line with his belief that the elderly are critical component of the society, who, having devoted their productive years to the service of the country needed care and compassion.

In her address at the event, the Superior General of the group, Mother Mary Claude Oguh, thanked God for the successful completion of the project.

She said that the project, Mater Christus Home for Old Sisters, was conceived many years ago but could not be started until the former governor came to their support morally and financially. She noted that Obi visited the project many times even after he left office.

The superior general who thanked others for their contribution to the project, also appealed to the people to continue to support in its maintenance.