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Edo to pay nearly 200 pensioners’ arrears in Batch 39 after Dec. 20, 21 verification

In continuation of the payment of pension arrears to Edo State Government retirees as agreed with pensioners in the state, the Edo State Government is set to pay the arrears of nearly 200 pensioners after the Wednesday December 20 and Thursday, 21, physical and documentary verification for batch 39 of pensioners at the Imaguero College Hall, Benin City.

Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki (2nd left), Permanent Secretary and Chairman, Edo State Pensions Bureau, Mr. I.D.S. Juwobor (left), Secretary to the State Government, Osarodion Ogie Esq.(middle); Rev. Fr. Peter O. Okoh of the Catholic Archdiocese of Benin City (2nd from right); Chairman, Nigeria Labour Congress, Edo State Chapter, Comrade Emmanuel Ademokun (right) during the 16th Annual National Pensioners’ Day in Benin City, Edo State capital on Monday, December 11, 2017.

In a statement signed by Permanent Secretary and Chairman, Pension Bureau, I.D.S. Juwobor, on behalf of the Head of Service, the state government said that the exercise is in “continuation of the on-going payment of pension arrears for the State Government pensioners.”

He urged pensioners in batch 39 to present themselves for “physical and documentary verification at the Imaguero College Hall, Benin City, on Wednesday, 20 and Thursday 21, December 2017.”

Juwobor also said that the announcement also serves to notify pensioners in batches 37 and 38, who failed to participate in the verification held on the 6th and 7th of December, 2017, to take advantage of the December 20 and 21 exercise alongside those in batch 39.

He said the list of pensioners in batches 37, 38 and 39 will be pasted at the office of the Head of Service on Monday 18 and Tuesday, 19 December 2017, noting that the required documents for the exercise include, “Pension authority, Retirement letter, Letter of first appointment, Pension ID card, Biometric slip, Bank details including bank name and Account number”

“Immediately upon the conclusion of the verification exercise, the outstanding pension arrears will be credited into the pension account of each pensioner without delay after due process and documentation,” he added.

Recall that the Governor Godwin Obaseki-led administration had adopted a phased approach in the payment of pension arrears, which the state had reduced to N3.9 billion from N10 billion.


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