June 15, 2009

FG unveils 1,800 ghost workers on pension scheme

By Emmanuel Ovuakporie

ABUJA—The Federal Government has introduced e-pension payment system that would ease the problems senior citizens encounter while collecting their monthly stipends.

On implementation, over 1800 ghost workers were unveiled, N75million recovered and 64000 invalid accounts uncovered.

These revelations were made yesterday when the out-going Head of Civil Service to the Federation (HOCSF) Ms Amal Pepple flagged-off The e-pension payment system.

According to the Director of Pension Accounts, Dr Sani Shuaibu “at the mere pressing of a button in the office of the HOS all the accounts of  the Pensioners nationwide will be credited automatically.”

Pensioners would immediately get the credit alert and it eradicates any form of duplication or falsification and is a very secured system because all Pensioners must thumb print which registers biometrically.”

Earlier Dr  Haruna Sanusi Permanent Secretary, Establishment and Records had gone memory lane to explain how they had to work day and nights to bring the e-pension to fruition which eventually brought sanity to all pension processes in the office of the HOS.

He said the “the essence of all these is to bring some reliefs to pensioners so that their salaries will be paid on time and insist that if there is any delay such delay should attract interest to the account.”