PTAD verifies 6,000 civil service pensioners in FCT

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PTAD verifies 6,000 civil service pensioners in FCT

By Kingsley Okoye

The Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate (PTAD) on Tuesday disclosed that 6,000 pensioners would be verified at the FCT center of the on-going final verification  of  civil service  pensioners  in the North Central Zone.

The Executive Secretary of PTAD, Mrs Sharon Ikeazor, disclosed this after inspecting the verification process in the Abuja centres.

She described the exercise, which is the final for civil service pensioners, as seamless, adding that beneficiaries had turned up with high expectations.

She, however, said PTAD would meet their expectations by verifying them and ensuring they got their  right payment when due.

The PTAD boss said “In the FCT, we are expecting 6,000 pensioners to be verified, but you see some may still come from other states who are not resident here, but we will still go ahead and verify them.

“This is the first time PTAD is carrying out verification for civil service pensioners in the FCT.

“This will be last and final verification, bearing in mind that we inherited payroll and data from the office of the Head of Civil Service.

“ We started verification of civil service pensioners in 2015, with  the  six geo-political zones, North Central is the last zone, so, FCT, Nasarawa and Niger states are the final we are doing.

“With this, we have concluded verification for civil service pensioners.“

She said  the essence  of  the  verification was for PTAD  to develop credible data base and eradicate the matters on  pensioners embarking on  incessant verification.

Ikeazor said  PTAD was verifying maximum of 500 beneficiaries daily in the FCT centers.

“Every day in each centre, we can handle 500 pensioners in one day; if you notice our processes, there is a  lot of data entry.

“When the staff are overworked and overwhelmed, they tend to make mistakes.

“And we can’t afford to make mistake, that is why we have three centres; one in Maitama, one in Gwarimpa and here in area 11.

“ We have made buses available for them to choose any centre of their choice; we can’t take more than 500 for each day so that the data we are computing is accurate.“

On findings from the recent verification, she said “some of my findings is that there are few pensioners who were taken off the payroll.

“ With the exercise,  genuine pensioners are  now  being restored on the payroll; we also discovered  pensioners who were taken off the payroll  due to lack of BVN on their account in 2016.

“ They are now presenting their BVN and we are placing them back on the payroll.“

She also said that those who had been verified and payrolled would receive their December payment before 25, adding that those who just got verified would have to wait in three months time to receive their payment.

“Those we have  just  verified, who have never  been on payroll, will have to wait  because after the field  exercise, their papers will go through computation,  the auditors  will have to pass them, so we are talking  in  another three to four months.

`Our processes, checks and balances must be put in place, verification is not automatic  payment, we have to manage the expectations.“

She advised pensioners to report any case of fraud alert to the directorate, adding that PTAD had also stationed security  personnel to check incidence of  fraud  at the verification venues.

Some of the pensioners told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that  they were delighted to  be considered for verification  by PTAD.

They expressed belief that the verification would mark an end to the incessant verification experienced over the years.

Mrs Oluba Peacewill told NAN that she was retrenched in 2007 at Ministry of Interior as a cleaner on Grade Level three.

She said she was only paid 10 per cent of her gratuity and earned seven thousand naira as monthly pension, adding that her last salary before the retrenchment  was N9,000.

According to her, she  was expectant  that her  arrears of many years would be paid, giving her series of verification over the years.(NAN)


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