Stories by Victor Ahiuma-Young
THERE are no fewer than 132,000 pensioners from the core civil service, parastatals, agencies and the Police drawing pensions from the Federal Government, the Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate, PTAD, has said.
Director-General of PTAD, Nellie Mayshak, who disclosed this at a two-day sensitisation workshop in Abuja, also said the body uncovered 3,000 ghost pensioners in the Police pension scheme.
According to her, “when PTAD was first given the Police pensions payroll, it contained 18,000 pensioners which we thought were all genuine. But when we went round the states to verify, we discovered that there were 15,000 pensioners in the police. If we had not made this discovery, we would have been paying pension to these non-existing 3,000 pensioners.”
The Director-General said the directorate saved the Federal Government more than N100 million monthly which would have been paid to ghost pensioners, saying that PTAD was partnering Economic & Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, and Independent Corrupt Practices and Related Offences Commission, ICPC, to ensure that pension fraudsters were eliminated in the system.
Mayshak advised pensioners to submit their pension records to PTAD so that it could access their liabilities and advise them appropriately.
She said the workshop was to sensitise stakeholders, particularly the pensioners, to what they were expected to do to access their entitlements seamlessly.
Mayshak said PTAD was handling the payrolls of 132,000 pensioners from the civil service, parastatal agencies and the police.
According to her, “there are 104,000 pensioners in the civil service, 13,000 in parastatal agencies and 15,000 in the Police.”
She added that PTAD had sensitised pensioners through their unions, radio commercials, newspapers advertisements and SMS not to offer monetary inducement to any person before their files could be processed.