PTAD verifies 4,000 retirees in Southwest
The Pensions Transition Arrangement Directorate (PTAD) in Ogun State had screened and verified no fewer than 4,000 civil service pensioners in the South West zone.
The five-day exercise was aimed at removing ghost pensioners from the list of beneficiaries.
PTAD Team Leader, James Adewusi, said the exercise, which was carried out in two centres in Abeokuta, was put together to rectify the challenges associated with the previous process.
Some of the pensioners who spoke to journalists at the end of the exercise lauded the stress-free manner in which the exercise was carried out.
The pensioners who could not go to the verification centres due to old age or disability were screened in their homes.
Speaking to The Guardian, Olori Yetunde Gbadebo, noted with delight that the programme was a departure from the past exercise, which she said were very stressful.
“This present exercise is good and well arranged and it is better than what we used to have in the past.
“Today, pensioners’ interest were really considered and they provided food and catered for the welfare of the pensioners.
“The arrangement in the past was not good because they brought pensioners from all parts of the state and subjected them to suffering.
She, however, urged PTAD to put measures in place whereby the aged and sick pensioners might be verified at their houses or hospitals.
Vice Chairman of the Association of Pensioners in Ogun, Onibajo Ashiru, also described the exercise as a perfect arrangement.
He commended PTAD for the preparations that had gone into the exercise, adding that PTAD invited representatives of the pensioners to Abuja a fortnight ago where they were briefed about the exercise.
He confirmed that the pensioners were accorded due respect and treated as father’s and mothers, adding that they were also given useful counsels.
He, however, urged the Federal Government to speed up the process of payment after the screening to give hope to pensioners in the other zones of the country where the exercise would soon be conducted.
Adewusi, expressed satisfaction at the turnout, it was aimed at ensuring that only genuine pensioners existed on government’s payroll with a view to easing the process of their payment.
“The exercise offers an opportunity to the pensioners to be screened and have their details kept permanently in out data base for keep to enable us pay all their arrears and also continue their monthly payments.
This new process had been organised to rectify the many challenges that were associated with the previous processes before TAD came on board,” he said.
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