Mrs. Sharon Ikeazor, Executive Secretary of The Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate (PTAD), on Monday briefed President Muhammadu Buhari on her new assignment and efforts to conduct verification of pensioners to herald a hitch-free pension administration.
PTAD on Monday began verification of federal and state core civil service pensioners in the north east.
Executive Secretary of the directorate, Mrs Sharon Ikeazor said the exercise began in Yola and would hold in three other centres, Jalingo, Gombe and Bauchi.
She said that the exercise was aimed at identifying ghost pensioners and stopping fraudulent payments.
She also said that the exercise would facilitate the restoration of monthly payment of pension to genuine pensioners, including those that had not been paid any pension or gratuity for over 10 years.
She noted that complaints received from the verification already done in North West and South East were being resolved.
“We will be reinstating 4,137 pensioners who were unjustly removed from the payroll even as we continue the civil service verification.”
It urged pensioners to ensure participation in the ongoing exercise, adding that they needed to come along with documents such as original and photocopies of their relevant retirement credentials.
She advised sick and infirm pensioners to contact the directorate at the centres so that the mobile verification team could reach them at their homes or hospitals for the exercise.
President Muhammadu Buhari, while receiving Ikeazor gave an assurance that his administration’s reforms will ensure that Nigerians who spent the productive years of their lives serving the nation will not experience difficulties in getting their pensions.
He directed a speedy completion of the ongoing nationwide verification of pensioners.
President Buhari said the exercise was necessary because the success of the administration’s goal of putting in place an efficient pension scheme hinged on the availability of a reliable database.
Barrister Ikeazor said the PTAD management was determined to restore dignity to pensioners by protecting their funds and paying their entitlements promptly.
The Executive Secretary also said that in line with the anti-corruption posture of the current administration, the PTAD has put measures in place to ensure accountability, compliance with regulations and zero-tolerance for corruption.