…Set to move into SE, SS for capturing
By Soni Daniel, Northern Region Editor
As the Federal Government continues to explore ways and means of giving succour to the North East, the Pension Transition Arrangement Directorate, PTAD, has captured no fewer than 4,370 pensioners who have never been paid their dues.
The capturing of the biometrics of the affected pensioners, which was personally supervised by the Executive Secretary of PTAD, Barrister Sharon Ikeazor, was undertaken in four states of the North East, including Gombe, Taraba, Adamawa and Bauchi.
The figure represents about 75 percent of the projected number of pensioners in those four states, according to a statement by the Public Affairs Department of PTAD.
According to the Interim Report from PTAD made available to Vanguard last night in Abuja, pensioners from the four states who did not have Bank Verification Number, BVN, during the exercise, were given on-the-spot assistance to the banks to obtain their BVN in line with the transparency initiative of the Executive Secretary, who is determined to weed out ghost pensioners from the books and records of the agency.
The Directorate also visited the hospitals to capture those who were indisposed during the week-long exercise.
Meanwhile, PTAD has concluded arrangements to conduct similar verification in the two remaining North East states of Borno and Yobe states which were earlier delayed.
The Directorate will also be carrying out the verification exercise for the South-South, South-East and South-West states in the first quarter of next year in a bid to have comprehensive database of pensioners across the country.
Addressing some of the Pensioners in the North-East zone, Sharon Ikeazor noted that the Agency’s “intention is primarily to ensure that no one pensioner is left out in the exercise. We try as much as possible to go the extra mile in ensuring that every eligible pensioner is captured in our database. That is the only way to ensure equity and all-inclusiveness”.