New Pension Boss Promises Reform And End To Payment Delay

Channels Television  
Updated October 5, 2016
Pensioners In Sousn protesting

The new Executive Secretary of the Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate, Mrs Sharon Ikeazor, has resumed office, with a promise to resolve all challenges delaying the payment of pension.

Speaking to Channels Television in Abuja on Wednesday, Mrs Ikeazor said her immediate task was to reform the agency and improve service delivery to retirees.

The former National Woman Leader of the All Progressives Congress and 13 others were recently appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari to head some government agencies.

Pensioners in Nigeria have lamented poor management of their pensions, which they usually receive late.

Many of them are owed months of pension, a situation that had triggered protests in some states.

On July 12, hundreds of Local Government retirees in Akwa Ibom State protested against the non-payment of their pensions for four months.

The pensioners displayed placards with various inscriptions requesting for the intervention of the state government in ensuring the prompt payment of their entitlements.

The leader of the retirees, Obong Etta, recounted the ordeal of the senior citizens in an interview with Channels Television in Uyo, the state capital in southeast Nigeria.

In a swift response, the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Mr Victor Antai, appealed to the pensioners to be patient with the state government.

He explained that the Ministry had not been able to meet its obligations due to the shortfall in financial allocation to the local governments.