PTAD Now Conducts Mobile Verification For Sick Pensioners – Secretary
The Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate (PTAD), now conducts mobile verification exercise to accomodate the sick and weak among Nigerian pensioners, according to PTAD’s executive secretary, Mrs. Sharon Ikeazor
She disclosed this to newsmen at the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) premises in Calabar, venue for PTAD’s verification exercise for pensioners in Cross River State, on Friday.
Ikeazor, who spoke during an interview shortly after inspecting the exercise, said PTAD, is now more determined, like never before, to ensure that all pensioners in the country were properly captured in the ongoing exercise.
She expressed optimism that after the exercise, pensioners who had challenges to collect their gratuities and pension in the past, would begin to receive their pay as and when due.
The PTAD’s scribe said the government was not unaware of the health challenges some pensioners were facing, hence, the need to introduce the mobile verification exercise inorder to ease the process for the affected persons.
“We are here to verify civil service pensioners. The exercise is going on well.
“We have gotten a good grip of the situation. Those who are ill, we go to them and conduct mobile verification exercise for them”, she said.
Meanwhile, some of the pensioners found at the venue of the exercise in Calabar, have decried the cold attitude of some PTAD’s members of staff attending to them.
Although, the aged men and women applauded the managment of PTAD for the hospitality they were accorded in the course of the exercise, but alleged that some of the staff attending to them were not friendly.
According to one of the pensioners, a retiree of the state secondary education board, who pleaded anonimity, some of the staff were not polite in the way they interacted with the pensioners.
He said: “I commend the federal government for the exercise and the hospitality given to us, but I must say some of the workers are rude.
” The young ones who are incharge of the exercise should try and be gentle with these old ones. Some of them are not really patient and tolerant. Some are not polite, but some are restraining themselves to show politeness.”
The aged pensioner, alongside another female retiree from the office of the accountant general, told Weekend Leadership that they had not received their share of the federal pension upon retirement from the service since 2009 and 2007, respectively.
The PTAD’s executive secretary was accompanied during the inspection by the president of National Association of Nigerian Pensioners, Dr. Abel Afolayan, among other dignitaries.