By Bukola Adetoye
The National Assembly on Thursday endorsed verification civil service pensioners being conducted by the Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate (PTAD) in Lagos.
According to a statement signed by the spokesman for PTAD, Mr Ema Okondo, on Thursday in Lagos, the Senate Committee on Establishment and Pension and the House of Representatives Committee on Pensions are satisfied with the exercise taking place in five centres.
It said that the senate committee led by its chairman, Sen. Emmanuel Paulker, was on a visit to verification centres in Alausa, Ketu and Yaba.
It said that the Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Pensions, Rep. Hassan Shekarau, was in the company of the senate committee which was taken round by the Executive Secretary of PTAD, Mr Sharon Ikeazor.
It said that the National Assembly members interacted with the pensioners and PTAD staff conducting the exercise.
“Paulker and Shekarau hailed PTAD and expressed delight that the verification was held in a conducive environment, and that pensioners were treated well.
“Paulker expressed support for the directorate in the execution of its mandate for pensioners under the Defined Benefit Scheme (DBS),” it said.
According to the statement, the committee will on Friday inspect the two other verification centres in Agege and Amuwo Odofin areas of Lagos.
According to the statement, a total of 21,295 pensioners are expected to be verified in the five centres.
The exercise which began on Sept. 18 and end on Sept. 29. (NAN)