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The Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate (PTAD) on Wednesday commenced the verification of 2,490 pensioners in Benue to determine the authentic ones.

PTAD Team Elader, Mr Jimmy Adeyemi, said in Makurdi that 2,490 pensioners in the state would undergo various screening procedures, including taking of biometrics to determine their genuineness.

“Pensioners will be made to go through various verification procedures which terminate at the quality assurance desk where they will be issued slips signifying they are genuine.

“It is only after the quality assurance check that they are free to go. Their entitlements can then be computed for payment,” Adeyemi said.

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He said the exercise was essentially for the former Federal Government workers but accommodated those that worked before the creation of states in 1976.

The team leader said the exercise was going on smoothly and expected to end on Saturday.

“So far, we have received no cases of falsification of pension documents. We have verified 852 pensioners and there have been no falsified documents. We have three more days to finish this exercise.”

A pensioner, Mr Vincent Azer, commended the conduct of the exercise and said it was aimed at checking ghost pensioners”.

“There could be some who are receiving pensions that never worked anywhere; so, this type of exercise will fish them out.

“This type of exercise was carried out four years ago and that is a long time now,” Azer said.

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