PTAD Begins 4th Phase Of Pensioners Verification 

Yemisi Izuora 

The Executive Secretary, Pension Transitional Arrangement (PTAD), Sharon Ikeazor, yesterday announced the commencement of the fourth phase of the Parastatal Pensioner Verification Exercise for pensioners and Next of Kin (NoK) of all federally funded Parastatals, Agencies and Institutions under the Defined Benefit Scheme (DBS).

The verification exercise will cover retirees of 270 agencies including Federal Universities; Polytechnics; Colleges of Education; Teaching Hospitals; Medical Centers;  Power Holding Company of Nigeria;  Nigeria Railway Corporation;  Nigeria Postal Services;  Research Institutes and other Treasury funded Parastatals, Agencies and Institutions.

The verification exercise will also cover retirees of the defunct/privatized agencies who are yet to be verified such as: Aluminum Smelter Company of Nigeria (ALSCON);  Nigeria Aviation Handling Company (NAHCO); Assurance Bank and  Nigerian National Shipping Line (NNSL).

This exercise will hold from Monday, August 5 to Friday, August 9, 2019 at the following centers from 8am – 4pm: Centre/Venue: Yola Lelewa Hotels, 24, Galadima Aminu Way, Jimeta,Yola South, Yola, Adamawa State.

At Bauchi, it will take place at Bauchi ML Audu Auditorium, Federal Polytechnic, Dass Road, Bauchi while in Maiduguri,Borno State, it will hold at Hotel Auditorium, Off Sheu Laminu Way,Old GRA, Maiduguri.

Ikeazor stated that, “in order to be verified, it is mandatory for all pensioners & Next of Kin (NoK) to provide the original and photocopies of the following documents: Letter of First Appointment;  Letter of Last Promotion; Approved Letter of Retirement;  Evidence of Change of Name (where applicable);  Evidence of Transfer/Merger of Service (where applicable); BVN Registration Slip with clear picture (stamped and signed by the bank);  Original and Stamped Bank Statement for the last one month and/or e-Token as applicable.

Others are  1 recent coloured passport photograph;  Audited and Stamped Computation Sheet; Letter of Confirmation of appointment; Valid  means  of  Identification  (Driving  License,  Int’l  Passport,  National  ID  Card  or  Voters  Registration Card); Last Pay Slip.”

In  addition  to  the  aforementioned  documents,  Next  of  Kins  (NoKs)  are  also  required  to  provide the following mandatory documents: Death Certificate  of  the  Deceased  from  a  Government  Hospital  or  National  Population  Commission;  Letter of Administration from High Court;  Single/Joint Application by the NOK(s); as listed on the Letter of Administration;  Marriage Certificate (for Spouses);  Original and Stamped Bank Statement of the deceased pensioner from retirement to date and/or e-Token as applicable;  Duly signed and stamped NUBAN Single/Joint Bank Account Statement of the NOK(s), with Bank Logo;  BVN Registration Slip with clear picture (stamped and signed by the bank);  1 colored Passport Photograph of each NOK and  Valid  means  of  Identification  (Driving  License,  Int’l  Passport,  National  ID  Card  or  Voters  Registration Card).

She said Mobile  Verification  will  be  conducted  for  sick  and  infirm  Pensioners, adding that  “the original documents  of  the  pensioners  must be  brought  to  the  verification  venue  together  with  proof of infirmity for authentication, before mobile verification can be scheduled.”

This verification exercise, according to PTAD management, “does not include Customs, Immigration and Prisons Pensioners, Civil Service Pensioners as well as Police pensioners.”

“The exercise is also not for Pensioners of Defunct Agencies who have already been verified. All Letters of Introduction for new enrolees (those not currently on payroll) must be personally signed by the Chief Executive Officer of the Agency, to be acceptable for verification,” PTAD Executive Secretary said.

Other phases of the Verification exercise will be held in states in the different geopolitical zones on the following dates:  South East (Monday August 26 – Wednesday September 4) North West (Monday September 23– Wednesday, October 2) and  North Central(Monday October 21 – Wednesday, October 30).

She said Pensioners do not have to travel to the state they retired from to be verified, stating that they can be verified at any of the centres in the geo-political zones where they currently reside.

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