By Mathew Dadiya, Abuja
The Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate (PTAD) Thursday, said it has verified a total of 11,335 pensioners at the two-week verification exercise for Parastatal Pensioners in the North West geopolitical zone.
The exercise began on Monday, September 23, and was successfully concluded on Friday, October 4.
The Executive Secretary, Dr. Chioma Ejikeme who commended members of the National Assembly for their love for the senior citizens and support for PTAD; promised to continue to work with the lawmakers towards improving the welfare of pensioners.
She assured that the upcoming verification exercise in the North Central will include all the feedback received during the North West verification exercise.
There were four centres located in Arewa House and Dakhole Angels Multipurpose Centre Kaduna, Marhaba Event Place, Kano, and Hidima Conference Centre, Bodinga Road, Sokoto.
The breakdown of the numbers verified shows Kaduna Centre 1 had the highest number of 4,073 followed by Kaduna Centre 2 with 3, 170 pensioners. Kano Centre had 2,739 and Sokoto Centre had 1,353.
In line with PTAD’s tradition, the pensioners were treated with respect and empathy. The exercise was conducted in a conducive environment where Pensioners were also provided with lunch and medical facility to take care of any emergencies.
The NASS members were at the verification centres to monitor the exercise.
The Senate Committee Chairman on Establishment and Public Service, Sen. Ibrahim Shekarau was at Kano centre. Rt. Hon. Kabiru Alhassan Rurum, House Committee Chairman on Pensions was at the Kano and Kaduna Centres. Sen. Mpigi Barinada, Dep. Chairman, Senate Committee on Establishment and Public Service was at the Kaduna Centre. Hon. Bamidele Salam, Dep. Chairman, House committee on Pensions was at the Sokoto Centre.
They gave PTAD excellent remarks and promised to support the Directorate with necessary appropriation, the Agency said.
The next phase of the verification exercise is scheduled for Ilorin, Minna, Jos and Lokoja in the North Central zone from Monday, October 21.
The agency said pensioners should did not need to travel to the state they retired from to be verified adding that they could be verified in any of the centres in the zone where they currently reside.
“They do not need to be anxious about being verified as the Directorate has the capacity to verify all pensioners who present themselves for the verification within the period slated for the exercise,” PTAD stated.
According to the Directorate, the ongoing exercise is strictly for Parastatal Pensioners and does not include Customs, Immigration, Prisons, Civil Service, Police pensioner and others that had already been verified by PTAD.
She also thanked the staff for their commitment and the pensioners for their cooperation.