Plateau Governor promises to clear N20bn pension backlog

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Jos, Plateau.

Gov. Caleb Mutfwang of Plateau says his administration would do its best to clear the backlog of N20 billon pension it inherited from his predecessor.

Mutfwang stated this during a ceremony organised by the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) Plateau, on Tuesday in Jos to celebrate the party’s recent victory at the Governorship Elections Petition Tribunal.

The tribunal on Sept. 22, dismissed the petition by the All Progressives Congress (APC) challenging the election of Mutfwang as the duly elected governor of Plateau.

The governor said that his administration was committed to the welbeing of the people of Plateau.

“We will do our best to restore Plateau to its place of wealth and clear many backlogs.

“Just pension that we met on ground is more than N20billion. These are people’s rights but we will do our best to address the situation,” he said.

He appealed to teachers in the state to be patient with his administration as it seeks ways of settling their two months inherited salary arrears.

He said that investigations on their
non payment would be conducted and all those found involved in the illegality, would be made to return the funds.

The governor also said that his administration would retrieve government’s vehicles and other properties carted away by the past administration for use.

He said that his administration was determined to improve the welfare of Plateau people and has already procured more than 200 trucks of fertilisers as part of its palliatives to boost food production across its 17 local government areas.

He said that his victory at the tribunal was a demonstration that God wants the PDP to govern Plateau and assured the citizens that he would restore the state to its past glory.

“ By the grace of God I won’t put you all to Shame,” he said.

He thanked party leaders and elders particularly the former governor of Plateau, Sen. Jonah Jang, for their support and resilience during their period of uncertainty of the results.

According to the governor, the judiciary demonstrated fairness and justice in tandem with the law, and thanked them for being upright.

He also thanked President Bola Tinubu for allowing the judiciary to perform their duties without interference.

Also speaking, the Chairman of PDP in Plateau, Mr Chris Hassan, thanked party supporters for their support during the governorship election tribunal.

Represented by the Deputy Chairman, Retired Capt. Bitrus Goleng, the chairman urged the party members to support the Mutfwang led administration.

He expressed hope that the party would win their appeals in other judgements they lost at the election tribunals.

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