PTAD Verifies  10,357 Pensioners In S/East

Yemisi Izuora

Over 10,000 pensioners of Federally funded Parastatals, Agencies and Institutes under the Defined Benefit Scheme (DBS) have been verified by the Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate (PTAD) during the Fifth Phase of the Parastatals Pensioners verification exercise in the South East region.

The exercise commenced on Monday August 26 across four centers in Awka, Enugu (Two Centers) and Owerri.

Owing to the large turnout of pensioners in Enugu and Owerri, the Executive Secretary, Dr Chioma Nnenna Ejikeme approved a 6-day extension for the center in Owerri and a 4-day extension for the center in Enugu.

The extension was to ensure that all eligible pensioners and Next of Kin who presented themselves were verified.

The exercise which held simultaneously across the four centers recorded an average daily turnout of 344 pensioners.

This verification exercise did not include Customs, Immigration and Prisons Pensioners, Civil Service Pensioners, Police pensioners as well as Parastatals Pensioners who had already been verified by PTAD.

The next phase of the Parastatals pensioner exercise in the North West region commences on Monday September 23 and ends on Wednesday October 2, 2019.

Pensioners are again advised that they do not have to travel to the state or location they retired from to be verified as they can be verified at any of the PTAD centers that is within the geo-political zones where they currently reside.

PTAD assured that pensioners currently living outside the country will be verified whenever they visit the country provided they show proof of residency outside Nigeria.

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It however noted that 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.

Also, it said that continuous mobile Verification will be conducted for sick and infirm Pensioners but that 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.

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