By Victor Ahiuma-young & Peter Duru
Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate, PTAD, currently reviewing outstanding pension and gratuities owed Federal Pensioners in the country.
Director General of National Pension Commission, Mrs. Chinelo Anaohu-Amazu, who gave the hint at a meeting with stakeholders on the Pension Reform Act, PRA 2014, in Lagos, said the review would be concluded before the end of the year. According to her, the PTAD was doing this as part of efforts at finding solutions to the lingering problems of outstanding gratuities and pensions owed the federal pensioners.
Answering a question, she said, “as I speak the Executive Secretary of PTAD is currently doing a review of all the outstanding dues to the pensioners because they are the most sensitive stakeholders. I think before the year runs out, you will see a significant improvement in the payment of the outstanding dues because what they PTAD is doing is proffering a solution. They need to understand the extent of the extent of the liability and they are working with us (PenCom) to ensure that every pensioner receives his or her benefit as when due.”
Meanwhile, No fewer than 3,000 retired Police officers are currently being screened and verified for biometric capture in Benue state, by PTAD on the Defined Benefit Scheme, DBS, of the Federal Government.
Director General of PTAD, Mrs. Nellie Mayshak, announced this in Makurdi, the Benue State capital, where police pensioners from Nasarawa, Plateau and Benue states gathered for proper documentation ahead of the commencement of the new scheme.
Mrs. Mayshak said, PTAD came into being in order to check the perennials problems that confronted the Police pension scheme.
According to her, “we are taking a comprehensive data of all police retirees with the aim of ensuring that every retired police officer can easily get his pension without problems. Our challenge is that we do not have a comprehensive data base of the pensioners, hence the need for the verification exercises to have everyone on our data for easy identification and payment of their benefits.”
The Director General noted that the new scheme would completely eliminate fraud in the system adding that only those who were genuine retired policemen or deceased police officers would be captured in to avoid the pitfalls of the past. While disclosing that the exercise would cover all the paramilitary services in the country, Mrs. Mayshak said the verification and data capturing would be done in phases across the country.