Pensioners Verification Resumes In Bayelsa January 16

Pensioners Verification Resumes In Bayelsa January 16The federal government has revealed that it is set to kick-start the next phase of civil service Pensioners Verification and Biometric exercise in Bayelsa state.

This was contained in a statement signed by the Executive Secretary, Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate, Barr Sharon Ikeazor.

The statement indicated that the verification exercise would take place in Yenagoa to cover pensioners for Bayelsa on January 16, 2017.

PTAD had earlier concluded verification of civil service pensioners from the North-West and South-East zones in the country in 2015.

As a follow up, pensioners in the North East states of Adamawa, Bauchi, Gombe and Taraba states were recently verified between November 28 and December 6, 2016.

“Apart from identifying ghost pensioners and putting a stop to fraudulent payments, the exercise facilitated the restoration of monthly pension payments to genuine pensioners previously removed from the payroll, including those who had never been paid any pension or gratuity.

“A total of 4,438 pensioners who were verified in the North West and South East who were hitherto not receiving their pension were rolled into November, 2016, and their pension and arrears paid.”

The statement indicated that pensioners are expected to come along with the original and photocopies of their relevant retirement credentials for the upcoming exercise as will be published in national dailies and announced on television and radio.

Protesting pensioners demand dismissal of the Pension Task Force

Civil service pensioners under the Joint Committee of Association of Federal Pensioners have demanded the dissolution of the Pension Task Force team set up in 2010 to handle pensions in the country.

Staging a peaceful protest at the premises of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, they said the task force team has created more problems for pensioners than it has solved in three years.

They said a permanent solution to the pension’s discrepancies in the country is to set up a Civilian Pension’s Board as provided in the Pension Reform Act of 2004 and recently recommended by the Senate joint Committee on Administration of Pension Funds in Nigeria.

The elderly and retired-protesters started the day with a news conference where they gathered to lament the non-payment of their entitlements over different periods of time.

Led by their chairman, Mr. James Bassey, their major demands are; payment of their pension and gratuity arrears, benefits owed deceased pensioners for over six years as well as the 53.4 per cent derivative approved by the presidency in 2010.

They also asked for the immediate dissolution of the Pension Task Force team headed by Mr. Abdulrasheed Maina and the establishment of a new pension board so that the Head of Service ceases to handle civil service pensions.

To drive home their demands, they proceeded to stage a protest at the Head of Services’ office which is also the premises of the Pension Task Force team.

Defying the rains, they chanted and raised placards to demand the sack of head of the team and the release of funds for their pensions.

Efforts by Channels Television to reach the Head of Service and the head of the Pension Task Force team proved abortive as the protest caused mild traffic jam at the Federal Secretariat Abuja.