By Ben Agande
NO fewer than 1000 prospective federal workers due to retire between January 1 and December 31, 2019 from the Northwest zone of the country last week converged on Kaduna for the pre-retirement verification exercise embarked upon by the National Pension Commission, Pencom.
The workers were drawn from Kaduna, Katsina, Kano and Jigawa.
The Pencom is organizing the exercise which is taking place in 15 centres across the country for workers about to be retired from the Federal civil service.
Speaking, at the exercise which held at the Kaduna Polytechnic, Head, Corporate Communication of Pencom, Peter Aghahowa, said the exercise attracted over 1000 prospective retirees in Federal Government ‘s Ministries, Department and Agencies(MDAs)
Represented by Mr. Kassim Umar, also of the commission’s Corporate Communication Department, noted that the exercise which commenced would end on July 19, 2018.
According to him, “workers who are unable to make the journey to Kaduna either due to infirmity of other issues, will have to carry out their verification exercise at the PenCom headquarters in Abuja. The implication for non-participation in the ongoing exercise, was that “when those currently being screened will start accessing their benefits, those who would do that later, won’t.”
A statement by PenCom explained that medically unfit employees were exempted from the physical enrolment while Pension Desk Officers of the medically unfit employees were advised to “come along with a letter from a suitably qualified physician or medical board certifying that the employee is no longer physically or mentally capable of carrying out the functions of his/her office in addition to documents listed in 2 above.”