By Mathew Dadiya, Abuja
The Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate (PTAD) said it has paid another set of 167 former workers of the Nigeria Aviation Handing Company (NAHCO) their one-off final entitlements.
According to the agency, between July 2019 and August 2020, PTAD paid a total of over N96 billion across all the Operational Departments.
Ths payments, according to a statement published on the Directorate’s website, were made in three batches – Batch 7: 65, Batch 8:44 and Batch 9:58 all in September, 2020.
The Executive Secretary, of PTAD, Dr. (Mrs) Chioma Ejikeme, reiterated the agency’s committed to resolving pension matters as it affects the retirees while ensuring timely payment of their entitlements.
She explained that in the last one year of her leadership in the Directorate, the Directorate has paid a total of over N96 billion across all the Operational Departments.
The PTAD boss said that between July 2019 and August 2020, they paid a total of N96 billion across all the Operational Departments to pensioners.
Dr Ejikeme said explained that, of the total sum. N77 billion was paid as monthly pensions payments to 244,643 pensioners as at July 2020, while 87, 842 pensioners were paid arrears and gratuities of over N19 billion.
Over 670 million was paid to 418 Next of Kin of deceased pensioners. The above payments include the balance of 33% arrears for the Parastatal Pensioners which had been outstanding since 2010 and was fully paid to the Pensioners and NoKs in November/December 2019,” she added.
The detail of the number of NAHCO ex-workers who benefited from the payments as published on the Directorate’s website.
The payments, according to PTAD, is in continuation of the payment of one-off severance benefit to the ex-workers of the aviation handling company.
The Executive Secretary had told journalist during a press conference recently to mark her one year in office in Abuja that PTAD is determined ”to continue to put smiles on the faces of retirees through prompt payment of their pensions.”
Kogi Trains 63 Facilitators for Effective Implementation of Social Transfer DLI 1.1
From Joseph Amedu, Lokoja
No fewer than 950 vulnerable households will benefit from the social transfer (DLI 1.1) intervention under the Kogi State COVID-19 Action Recovery and Economic Stimulus (KG-CARES).
Hajia Falilat Abdulrazaq, Head of Delivery Platform for Social Transfer and Livelihood Support Grant (DLI 1.1 & 1.3) KG-CARES, disclosed this on Monday in Lokoja, at a sensitisation and orientation training for 63 facilitators and GROs on Social Transfer (DLI 1.
According to her, the Disbursement Linked Indicator (DLI 1.1) social transfer is the disbursement of N10, 000 monthly to the aged, critically ill, urban poor and the physically challenged, using the existing platform of the state cash transfer unit for implementation.
She noted that the workshop was to build the capacity of the facilitators to go the field for validation, and enrollment of beneficiaries using the existing state’s social register.
She disclosed that a total of 950 households will be benefiting from the disbursement of the N10,000 monthly across the 21 local areas of the state.
She explained that the program was initiated to cushion the economic hardships as a result of COVID-19 pandemic.
“We are training the facilitators from the 21 local government areas of the state on social transfer who are going to be the foot soldiers of the program at the local and community levels,” she said.
Also speaking, Mallam Haruna Mohammed Sanni, the State Coordinator of NG-CARES, Kogi State, said the program was the initiative of the federal government alongside the 36 States’ Governments in collaboration with the World Bank.
According to him in 2020, people could neither go out to source for their daily income, nor go to farm, market due to COVID-19 pandemic which aggravated the level of poverty across the world including Nigeria.
He added that NG-CARES was conceived to cushion the effects of COVID-19 pandemic, categorized under three result areas to reduce the economic hardships of the poor and vulnerable citizens.
He highlighted the result areas to include the Social Transfer (DLI 1.1) for the aged, the chronically ill, urban poor and the physically challenged.
“In addition, DLI 1.2, which is Labour Intensive Public Works, aimed at engaging able men to protect and maintain public institutions and facilities, where they get a token to support their livelihood.
“Also, the Livelihood Grant Support (DLI 1.3) is aimed at providing a start-up grant to economically active population to sustain their livelihood due to COVID-19 hardships.
“DLI 1.4 is aimed at providing basic services being implemented by CSDA to build clinics, blocks of classroom, nutrition and sanitation services,” he said.
Sanni stressed that the NG-CARES generally targeted the poor and vulnerable as well as farmers to provide inputs, processing equipment and extension services to them.
This, he said would enable farmers to produce high yield and also provide feeder roads for easy access to markets, provide water and sanitation in markets, to ensuring food security.
He added that the third package, DLI 3.3 is the ICT Enhancement, aimed at boosting the use of ICT at the rural areas so that all rural communities in Kogi can be part of the global communities.
He noted that the NG-CARES is based on ‘performance for results’ (P for R) as the State Government would spend its own resources to deliver results, after which the world bank will review the performance before reimbursement of the state.
Make NIPOST Best in Africa-PmG Tasks Staff
The Postmaster General of the Federation, Dr. Ismail Adebayo Adewusi, yesterday tasked staff of the Nigerian Postal Services (NIPOST) to work towards making the organisation best in Africa. According to him, the staff of the postal agency can create a global postal organisation of their dreams if they are committed to the ideals.
In a special May Day message addressed to NIPOST workers across the country, Adewusi said the choices workers of any organisation make have direct impacts on the performance and positioning of the oraganisation.
He said, “As a postal service delivery organisation, we are very well-positioned to become the best in Africa and one of best in the world. This goal is achievable if we choose to stay focus on our daily decisions that will take us to the place of fulfillment.”Adewusi reminded NIPOST workers that the pace of change in the delivery business has accelerated in such a manner that NIPOST could not afford to be left behind.
“In the last two years, our successes depended on strategies that continually strengthened our core mandate,” he said. The Postmaster General recalled that on assumption of office, the speed with which NIPOST was to operate was slowed down by the coronavirus pandemic.
“The world had, subsequently, witnessed a significant challenge that affected businesses and altered our ways of life. Considering the uncertainty of the time, staying united, as we have done, was the assurance that we had, and the hope that we would overcome the difficult time, driven by our sense of responsibility, our utmost choice to operate with optimism, a commitment to discipline and dedication to our valued customers and the community we operate in,” he added.
He explained that within the context of new innovations that NIPOST has embarked upon, the workers should be determined to find the breaks in the previous and current situations to improve the way they serve the public by remaining a progressive organisation.
He said being able to anticipate the changing needs of customers and adapting as quickly as possible to a competitive and evolving marketplace remain key objectives. The NIPOST noted that the recent restructuring of the agency was done to achieve greater efficiency adding that “Within this context, I urge all directors and general managers to tighten their seat belts as this flight takes off, have a perspective of hope, and be determined to work tirelessly for the development of the new NIPOST.”
He said under his watch, NIPOST would invest in the future of the postal service, by creating the best opportunities for long-term growth and profitability. “It means investing in training and development, in product and service innovations, in our systems and processes and improving our use of technology. It also means making long overdue improvements to our infrastructures, including upgrading and deploying advanced package sorting equipment,” he said.
He added that NIPOST would give greater focus on innovation, with designs to test new delivery offerings, invest greatly in procuring cutting edge tools to better meet the digital and mobile expectations of our customers.
“We will develop strategies to better engage and empower employees. As we fully leverage the potentials of technology, we want to give you more flexibility and problem-solving tools to deliver greater value to our customers. To best compete for customers, we will need to become more entrepreneurial at every level of the organization.
Training and retraining of staff, upgrading of Nigerian Postal Service to international standard to enhance human capacity development has also become the focal point of this administration. We will also build the most efficient and productive network to support our products and growth. Leveraging on technology to make NIPOST the largest hub for e-commerce, with increased capacity for last mile delivery,” he said.
We are Currently not Recruiting – DSS tells Nigerians
By Gom Mirian, Abuja
The Department of State Services has on Friday advised Nigerians to be wary of fraudsters, saying the service was currently not recruiting. This was contained in a statement by the secret service spokesperson, Dr.
Afunanya stated that the service does not recruit online or does it sell job application forms nor demand for money from job seekers before recruiting.
According to the statement “The Department of State Services wishes to notify the public that it is not currently recruiting.“It also uses this opportunity to reiterate that it does not recruit online, sell job application forms or demand money from prospective employees (when and if it recruits).
“The public is, by this notice, advised, for the umpteenth time, to be wary of fraudsters who operate fake and misleading websites designed to fleece them.”
Interested candidates are advised to make recruitment enquiries from the Service’s Headquarters, Abuja, its State Commands, other Formations nationwide, official website: www.dss.gov.ng and/or the Public Relations Lines (+234 9153391309-10, +234 908837351
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