The Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate, (PTAD), has opened North-East zonal office, in Yola the Adamawa state capital, to bring its service closer to pensioners in the region.
The Executive Secretary, Sharon Ikeazor said, pensioners from the zone no longer travel to Abuja, as the office had redeployed experienced staffs, to address pension related issues, and conduct verification, resolve complaints and enquiries of pensioners.
Ikeazor said the office, situated at the federal secretariat complex, would strictly adhered to zero tolerance to corruption, as no staff of the directorate, would ask for gratification, what so ever during the course of duty.
The Directorate, through its continues drive to serve it’s esteem pensioners, had save federal government total sum of N4,999,494,595,44 per annum from the payroll clean up, as a result of civil service verification exercise.
More than 50,000 verified civil service pensioners have been computed and paid, while over 496 war affected police officers from 1967 -70 civil war, have also been paid a total some of N17,656,891.39 by the directorate.
“The directorate has now made it mandatory priority, to ensure pension payment is made before salary payment of civil servant henceforth”.
As part of future plan, PTAD would ensure payment of the outstanding balance of 33% arrears and compute pensioners previous excluded from the payroll.
PTAD would develop an NHIS enrollment package for verified pensioners to validate their eligible status. She explained
President Nigerian Union of Pensioners (NUP), represented by Astor Zal lauded federal government’s support to PTAD, aimed at addressing pensioners plight in the country.
Zal appealed to state governors to cooperate with PTAD towards, resolving pension related issues, while assuring total support of its members to the directorate.
Gov. Muhammed Bindow, represented by Dr Edgar Amos head of service, said, pension administration is critical to civil service itself, added that government is working to ameliorate the plight of pensioners in the state.
The Head service assured that, government would partner with PTAD, to ensure pensioners welfare are improved at all government levels in the state.