From Uche Usim, Abuja
The Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate (PTAD) will today commence verification of 21,295 eligible civil service pensioners under the Defined Benefit Scheme in Lagos State.
The spokesman of PTAD, Ema Okondo, disclosed that the exercise would take place from 18th to 29th of September, 2017 and would be supervised by the Executive Secretary, Sharon Ikeazor.
According to him, the Lagos segment will be the second phase of the exercise in the South West zone, as previous verification was done in Osun, Ondo and Ekiti states in August.
“It comes after similar exercises held in four zones, involving 64,825 pensioners who were not payrolled for years but now verified and being paid with arrears.
“In Lagos, 21,295 pensioners are expected to be verified in five centres in Alausa, Yaba, Ketu, Amuwo Odofin and Agege. The process will take four distinct steps for capturing their biodata and other relevant documents for them to be suitably placed in the payroll and database for payment of their monthly pension. The sick and infirm will be covered in their locations.
“A total of 108 PTAD staff are being deployed for the exercise. The Executive Secretary of PTAD, Sharon Ikeazor will supervise the exercise,” Okondo explained.
He also revealed that PTAd had paid N7,504,166,065 to 236,705 pensioners in August under the Defined Benefit Scheme (DBS).