The Executive Secretary of the Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate, Dr Chioma Ejikeme, has pledged to resolve all issues relating to civil service pensioners’ gratuity, welfare and wellbeing by the end of the second quarter of 2021.
Ejikeme gave the assurance in a statement the Head of Corporate Communications, Mr Gbenga Ajayi, issued on Tuesday.
According to the statement, by the end of the second quarter of 2021, all issues relating to short payments, gratuity and other forms of arrears for civil service pensioners will be settled.
She also said pensioners’ welfare and wellbeing remained of utmost priority to her.
The PTAD boss disclosed that a total N6.2bn had been paid as arrears to 16,210 pensioners.
“During the exercise in September 2020 – March 2021, a total of 46,284 pensioners’ files were reviewed for end-to end quality assurance.
“A total sum of N6.2bn has been paid as arrears of gratuity, monthly payments and one-off payments to 16,210 pensioners/Nok [next of kin] that are qualified for the payment after the computation.
“Over 1,000 qualified pensioners not on payroll, post-verification, have been put on the payroll and their arrears paid,” Ejikeme said.
She hinted that the directorate had embarked on an expanded re-validation and re-computation exercise in a bid to clear all pending civil service pensioners and their next of kin.
“This is in fulfilment of the promise made by the Ejikeme at the directorate’s press conference in September 2020, where she declared a state of emergency on the payment of outstanding entitlements to pensioners and set-up an expanded project team to ramp up on the computation of benefits for all verified civil service pensioners,” she added.
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