Federal Government of Nigeria has listed out the reason why death gratuity are been delayed in the country.
Federal Government insist that poor documentation and lack of understanding of procedures are the major reasons why death gratuities payment to next of kin of civil servants who died in active service are delayed, Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Dr Folasade Yemi-Esan said in Abuja on Thursday.
The HCSF stated this in an event to mark the 2021 Nigeria Civil Service. He further noted that poor documentations make it almost impossible for insurance companies to pay death benefits, even when valid claims are made.
After the release of over N2 billion last year by The Federal Government according to the Head of Service, the payment of accumulated death benefits was paid to not less than 594 beneficiaries.
She said: “If the documentation is not complete, insurance companies do not pay premiums. The insurance companies will not touch it. The letter of attestation is very important and in most cases, the next of kin don’t know where to start from.
“Following the release of N2.5billion to pay back log of death benefits to the next of kin of deceased officers, as at today, the sum of N2, 468, 094,063.08 has been expended to settle 594 beneficiaries. The balance will be paid to other beneficiaries once the Office receives the requisite banks’ attestation.”
“This office does not receive letters from the families of the dead. It is the institution that writes to the Office of the Head of the Civil Service. Even the pension desk office in the MDAs do not understand the process but we are determine on bringing the desk heads together so that we can educate them. We want to get things done properly,” she assured.
Against the backdrop of the far-reaching recommendations by the Steve Oronsaye Report of 2011, Dr. Yemi-Esan was asked what had become of the report, to which she responded thus:
“The Steve Oronsaye committee was a Presidential Committee domiciled at the Head of Service. It was not a committee set up by Office of the Head of Service as some people are tempted to believe.
“I met with the Secretary to the Government of the Federation recently and truth is the Oronsaye Report is now outdated. It was put in place ten years ago and between then and now, a lot has happened.
“Yes, MDAs need to be rationalised and the SGF will inaugurate two committees. One of the committee will look at the Oronsaye Report and the other one will look at what happened after the report. We will then harmonised and move on,” she added.
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