The Presidency on Monday assured that the present administration’s reforms would ensure that pensioners would not experience difficulties in getting their pensions.
The President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, in a statement said, President Buhari directed a speedy completion of the ongoing nationwide verification of pensioners who who spent the “productive years of their lives serving the nation.”
President Buhari stressed that the exercise was necessary because the success of the administration’s goal of putting in place an efficient pension scheme hinged on the availability of a reliable database.
This directive was given at a meeting with Sharon Ikeazor, the Executive Secretary, Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate (PTAD) at the State House, Abuja.
In a presentation to the President, Ikeazor said the PTAD management was determined to restore dignity to pensioners by protecting their funds and paying their entitlements promptly.
According to her, in line with the anti-corruption posture of the current administration, the PTAD had put in place measures to ensure accountability, compliance with regulations and zero-tolerance for corruption.
This assurance is coming a few days after the PTAD boss, Mrs. Sharon Ikeazor disclosed that the directorate had concluded plans to pay 450 ex-Biafran policemen their pension and gratuities.
Similarly, the Delta State government also pledged to put smiles on the faces of pensioners by paying them their pension arrears.
The Delta State government expressed optimism that it will soon commence payments of its financial obligations to pensioners in the state as well as pay workers’ co-operatives in order for them to meet the needs of their members.
A statement signed by the Delta State Commissioner for Information, Patrick Ukah in Asaba admitted that the state owed pensioners but did not owe workers’ wages except on check-off deductions for cooperatives and unions, which is not as alarming as portrayed by a section of the media.