The next of kin of deceased local government staff in Yobe State are to receive the benefits of their loved ones as Mai Mala Buni has released the sum of N228, 914, 250.19 for the payment of the benefits of 198 local government retirees.

A statement issued Thursday by the governor’s Director General for Press Affairs, Abdullahi Bego, disclosed that, “of this number, 42 are deceased members of staff and their benefits, totalling N56, 682, 230.15, will be paid to their next of kin.

“The balance of N172, 231, 020.04 will be paid to the remaining 156 beneficiaries.

According to Bego, the governor’s approval follows the recommendations of the Committee on the Payment of Local Government Staff Pensions Arrears, Death Benefits and Gratuities headed by the Auditor-General for Local Governments.

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