Civil service retirees in Cross River state have a reason to smile.

The state’s governor, Ben Ayade has ordered the payment of their gratuities from the Paris Club Refund.

The 2013 retirees are currently being paid their gratuities and pension.

The Head of Service of Cross River, Ekpenyong Henshaw, briefing newsmen on Saturday in Calabar, said that the governor has directed the Commissioner for Finance and the Accountant-General of the state to start processes of the payment.

“Gov. Ayade is desirous of paying all outstanding arrears owed civil servants by the previous administration because he has their interest at heart.

“He is ready to do anything within his power to ensure that their salaries and other lawful entitlements are paid when due.

“He has directed the commissioner for finance and the accountant-general of the state to immediately commence processes for the payment of gratuities to 2014 retirees as we round up payment to 2013 retirees,’’ he said.

He gave some assurance to local government staff who were yet to receive their entitlement to be patient, adding that everyone would be paid in full.