The Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate (PTAD) has said that 21,227 (Twenty-One Thousand, Two Hundred and Twenty-Seven) unverified Parastatal Pensioners who are on the Directorate’s payroll but had not been verified would be removed with effect from October 2020.
The list of the affected pensioners had been given to the Pension Unions/Associations/ Agencies and Institutes since July 2020 for dissemination and sensitization of their members and to give a feedback to the Directorate. The list can also be found on the PTAD website; www.ptad.gov.ng
The Executive Secretary, PTAD, Dr. Chioma Ejikeme stated that the affected Parastatal Pensioners are those that did not turn up for the Directorate’s 2019 Parastatal Pensions Department (PaPD) Nationwide and In-House verification exercises.
Also, they neither submitted documentary request for mobile verification nor registered as Diaspora Pensioners.
She said in 2019, a well-publicized PaPD verification exercise for all Federally Funded Parastatals, Agencies and Institutes under the Defined Benefit Scheme was conducted throughout the six geo-political zones of the country including Lagos and Abuja. In each zone including Lagos and Abuja, conducive centres located at strategic and accessible locations were provided to carry out the exercise for an average period of 2 weeks.
A total of thirty-two (32) Centres were provided for the exercise which ran from April to November, 2019.
During the programme that lasted for many months, the National Assembly, especially House Committee on Pension and Senate Committee on Establishment and Public Service provided legislative oversight support throughout the exercise. The Pension Unions were also part of the stakeholders that mobilised and monitored their members for the exercise. Furthermore, Government Anti-fraud Agencies such as EFCC, ICPC, DSS and Police Force were on ground to monitor and provide support for the exercise.
Dr. Ejikeme said, at the end of the verification exercise, a total of 76,064 Parastatals pensioners were verified and documented. In addition, the Directorate organized a further mop-up verification exercise, through continuous In-House verification for those that could not be verified during the field exercise in PTAD offices in Lagos and Headquarters, Abuja where a total of 3,150 additional pensioners were verified and documented.
Documented Diaspora Pensioners and Pensioners who requested for mobile verification, but have not yet been verified, have also been added to the documented Pensioners pending when it would be convenient for them to be verified.
After one year of the completion of the exercise, it is logical to remove those that could not be verified and documented in order for the Directorate to maintain a credible payroll.
A total of 21,227 names are to be removed from the payroll with effect from October 2020.
However, in view of the COVID-19 lockdown, PTAD has released some guidelines which bonafide Pensioners amongst the identified 21,227 pensioners with authentic documents should follow to ensure that their names are not removed from the payroll:
According to the agency, pensioners who are resident overseas (Diaspora Pensioners), should scan all their career records, bank statement, BVN Slip with picture, mobile number, email address, resident permit, data page of international passport showing picture and personal details, certificate of aliveness from the nearest Nigeria Embassy and send to the email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Also, “Pensioners who are sick should scan all their career records, bank statement, BVN Slip with picture, mobile number, email address, national identity card or national driver’s license, medical report from a Government Hospital and send to the email address: email@example.com”
PTAD, also added, “Pensioners who are neither sick nor resident abroad but missed the verification exercises of 2019, should please scan all their career records, bank statement, BVN Slip with picture, mobile number, email address, national identity card or national driver’s license, and send to the email address: firstname.lastname@example.org to be scheduled for verification;
“In the unlikely event that a Pensioner has been previously verified by the Directorate but still find their name on the list, they should scan their verification slip and send to this Email Address: email@example.com
“To check their name on the list, Pensioners are required to input their account number and the name of the Agency they retired from. If the Pensioner’s details do not open up, it means that the pensioner’s name is not on the list of those who are to be removed from the payroll.”
The Executive Secretary reaffirms the Directorate’s commitment to the welfare of the Pensioners under the Defined Benefit Scheme.