FG Weeds Out Over 15,000 Ghost Pensioners

FG Weeds Out Over 15,000 Ghost PensionersThe Federal Government has uncovered over 15,000 ghost pensioners from its payroll, hence saving over 300 million Naira on a monthly basis.

The Executive Secretary of the Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate, Mrs Sharon Ikeazor, disclosed this on Tuesday while addressing reporters in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

Mrs Ikeazor noted that the directorate is conducting a verification exercise for pensioners across the country.

She expressed optimism that more will be weeded out when the exercise is concluded in the South-west region in July 2017.

The Executive Secretary further revealed that the agency is working with the Ministry of Finance to recover over 19 billion Naira legacy funds in the custody of insurance companies from Ministries, Department and Agencies, as well as universities and colleges of education.

FG Begins Verification Of Pensioners In Nigeria And Diaspora

Pensioners, Nigeria, DiasporaThe Federal Government has commenced the verification of pensioners in the diaspora and its database of retirees in Nigeria.

The Executive Secretary of the Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate (PTAD), Mrs Sharon Ikeazor, made the disclosure on Tuesday during an interview with reporters in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.

Mrs Ikeazor gave the hint after meeting with the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and the Diaspora, Abike Dabiri-Erewa.

She explained that the diaspora verification exercise was an initiative of the government to ensure that every Nigerian including those living abroad received their entitlements.

The PTAD boss revealed that 15,600 pensioners have been dropped from the payroll owing to lack of proper identification.

She said the new system had saved the government millions of Naira, adding that the government was devising means to rid the pension system of fraud.

Anambra Senatorial Rerun Election: APC Insists On Participation

APCAhead of the Senatorial re-run election in Anambra slated to hold March 5, 2016, members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state are insisting that the party is not in any way disqualified from participating in the election against the widely held view of the people.

The embattled candidate of the party, Mrs Sharon Ikeazor and the state Chairman of the party, Emeka Ibe, made the announcement during a stakeholders meeting in Awka.

The meeting was called to address what they called misconceptions and the dilemma that arose from the circumstance.

They maintained that the APC remained on the list of contending political parties as talks were still ongoing as to why the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) should not accept the candidate whom the party has presented to substitute Dr. Chris Ngige, who has formally withdrawn from the race.

They referred to the provisions of the constitution and maintained that APC would still run the race and whoever that was recognized would have the full support of the party.

Clog In The Wheel Of Progress

Other members of the party expressed dismay at INEC’s “clog in the wheel of progress” as according to them, APC should have launched into aggressive campaign with their flag bearer. For them, APC would go with either of the candidates.

The party members say they will soon embark on intensive campaign after INEC and the national secretariat must have made a final statement on the matter.

The dilemma of APC heightened when INEC declared that only candidates who participated in the first election are eligible to take part in the re-run, thus foreclosing the emergence of any other candidate to substitute Dr. Chris Ngige.

Members of the party from Anambra Central Senatorial zone were then faced with the challenge of finding who would represent their party at the senatorial rerun election.

Inconclusive Primary

Early in January, the party conducted a primary to choose a candidate who would substitute the former candidate, Dr Chris Ngige, who is presently a Minister and who had written formally to INEC indicating his withdrawal from the race to give way to another to substitute him.

Although the primary was declared inconclusive, the party later announced Mrs Sharon Ikeazor as the candidate, but INEC stated that fresh candidates would not run in the election but rather those that participated in the first one.

 

Meanwhile the odds in the Anambra Central Senatorial rerun election seems to be in favor of the All Progressives Grand Alliance candidate, Victor Umeh, who has no encumbrances.

The coming days is expected to unfold the gathering clouds of fierce competition for Anambra Central Senatorial seat.

Anambra Central Senatorial APC Primary Declared Inconclusive

APCThe Anambra Central Senatorial primary election conducted by the All Progressives Congress (APC) has been declared inconclusive by the State Publicity Secretary and Secretary- in-charge of the election.

Mr Mathhew Omegara, who declared the poll inconclusive in Awka, the Anambra State capital on Wednesday, said that it would be completed on Thursday, January 21.

The first batch was conducted in the night with four Local Government Areas (LGAs) participating.

Mr Omegara announced the result of the four LGAs with Senator Ekwunife garnering 284 votes and the second candidate, Mrs Sharon Ikeazor, trailing behind with 35 votes.

A wild agitation had earlier been staged by supporters of both candidates over the undue delay in conducting the primary election without clear reason, except for speculations about disqualification of an applicant.

The primary election was surrounded by the controversy of disqualification of one of the candidates, Senator Uche Ekwunife.

“Null and Void”

Meanwhile the All Progressives Congress (APC) has warned against the declaration of any result from the Anambra Central Senatorial primary election conducted by the party.

The APC National Secretary, Mai Mala Buni, in a statement on Thursday evening, said that Senator Domingo Obende, who was duly appointed by the party to conduct the primaries is yet to declare a final result, hence any other result announced from any quarter is null and void.

He advised the media and general public to await completion of the exercise.

 

Ekwunife, Ikeazor Seek APC Ticket For Anambra Central Senatorial Election

AnambraThe All Progressives Congress (APC) have assured aspirants vying for the Anambra Central Senatorial zone a free, fair and credible primary election in the state.

Two women are now struggling for the seat. They are; Senator Uche Ekwuinfe and the former National Women Leader of the APC, Mrs Sharon Ikeazor.

While assuring the candidates of a level playing field, the state Chairman of the party, Mr Emeka Ibe, urged them to ensure a corruption-free contest.

The contestants maintained that their participation in the election, especially the Anambra Central Senatorial election, had many implications, but all tilted towards improving both the quality of and attitude towards election in Nigeria.

The election is scheduled to hold on February 23.

Mrs Ekwunife had won the previous election on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP),  but a court nullified her victory.

After the court’s judgement, she defected to the APC.

Mrs Ekwunife, in an interview with Channels Television on January 8, said she defected because the PDP’s senatorial primaries were shifted indefinitely in protest of the arrest of the National Publicity Secretary of the party, Olisa Metuh.