The Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate (PTAD) on Monday commenced verification of Federal Government pensioners in North East who served in parastatals.
Speaking on the exercise to newsmen at one of the verification centres in Yola, the Director Parastatals Pension of PTAD, Mr Suleiman Shelleng, said the five day exercise for north east was going on simultaneously in Yola, Bauchi and Maiduguri.
“This is the fourth phase of the parastatals pension verification exercise,; it’s an exercise that the directorate is undertaking to verify and validate the identity of our pensioners who retired for federal funded parastatals before June 30, 2007.
“We have so far done it in Lagos, South East and South South,” Shellenge said.
He said that adequate arrangement had been made to ensure a smooth exercise in North East,adding that each of the centres designated in Yola, Bauchi and Maiduguri was expected to verify about 300 pensioners daily.
Speaking on the exercise, a retiree of Nigerian Cotton Board, Mr Clarkson Takwai, lauded PTAD for the arrangement put in place to facilitate the exercise.
He said that the directorate deserved support and commendation in its effort to regularize anomalies in pension.
The retirees are expected to present among other credentials, their letter of first appointment, last promotion, approved letter of retirement, recent coloured passport photograph, as well as audited and stamped computation sheet.
In another development, the Deputy Chairman House Committee on Pensions, has lauded President Muhammadu Buhari administration for its commitment to welfare of pensioners.
Salam made the commendation in Yola in an interview with newsmen after inspecting the ongoing verification of Federal Pensioners who retired before June 2007 by the Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate (PTAD).
Salam said he was satisfied with the humanly way pensioners were now being treated particularly by PTAD putting to an end the past experienced where pensioners died due to inadequate arrangement for their screening.
He said the National Assembly was satisfied with the effort of PTAD and would continue to partner with it in making live better for pensioners.
“We are ready to support them (PTAD) in areas of law or budgetary allocation to continue the good work,” Salam said.