By Joseph Erunke
ABUJA—THE Mili- tary Pensions Board, yesterday said no fewer than 90,000 military pensioners would appear before it next week for verification exercise aimed at getting accurate biometric data of military pensioners in the country.
The national verification exercise, which the board said would commence on Monday, November 27, would be held in every state of the federation.
Acting Chairman of Military Pensions Board, Brig. General Adekunle Adesope, who announced this at a briefing in Abuja, said the Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan Ali, would flag off the verification exercise at the Mogadishu Military Cantonment, Abuja.
According to Adesope, the exercise, which was last held in 2015 would be conducted in all the 36 state of federation and the Federal Capital Territory at the same time.
He advised military pensioners residing abroad to “visit Military Pensions Board office, Abuja for verification whenever they are in the country from 27 November 2017 to 28 February 2018.
“This briefing is aimed at enlightening our esteemed pensioners and the general public on the modalities, time lines, venues and general expectations from the retirees during the 2017 verification exercise.
‘’The brief will cover the conduct of the exercise, eligibility for verification and biometrics data capturing amongst other details. The exercise is therefore a veritable avenue to verify all existing pensioners on the Boards current pay roll and update their records as necessary.
“The 2017 verification exercise is scheduled to take place from Monday 27 November to Saturday 9 December 2017 in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja and all the 36 states of the federation. For the convenience of our esteemed pensioners, specific dates have been allotted to the various rank groups.’’ This is a deliberate plan to have manageable crowd throughout the period and thus ensure a hitch and stress free verification exercise. The conduct of verification exercise will involve finger print capturing matching with the biometric details currently in the MPB pay roll data base.