The federal government has verified a total of 4,389 civil service pensioners in the North Eastern states of Adamawa, Taraba, Gombe and Bauchi.
This was disclosed in a statement yesterday, signed by the executive secretary of Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate (PTAD), Sharon Ikeazor.
The statement indicated that civil service pensioners in the remaining states of Borno and Yobe States are expected to be verified early next year.
In addition to the pensioners verified, the Directorate said a total of 98 Next of Kin of deceased pensioners were also verified in the four states during the exercise, which started on the 28th of November and was concluded on the 6 December, 2016.
The Executive Secretary said that no pensioner in the region would be left behind in the exercise.
“No one will be left behind as we address all complaints. Complaint resolution is a continuous process until all genuine pensioner’s complaints have been resolved,” Ikeazor said.
She expressed appreciation for the support of the state governments, security services and the pension unions which she said went “a long way in making PTAD’s work easy.”
Mrs Ikeazor said that PTAD was equally aware of the sick pensioners adding that PTAD contacted them at the centers using the mobile verification team to reach their homes and hospitals for the biometrics.
PTAD commenced the verification exercise of the civil service pensioners in the 4th quarter of 2015 with the North West zone, followed by the pensioners in the South East zone.