From Edet Udoh, Lagos
The Senator representing Lagos East Constituency and Chairman, Senate Committee on Land Transport, Gbenga Ashafa, has called on pensioners to take advantage of the ongoing verification exercise to ensure that they are captured.
He described the ongoing verification exercise as one of the core prerequisites for implementing the social security component of the Muhamadu Buhari’s administration in building the confidence of civil servants in the promise of government to take care of them during retirement.
He made the call at the pensioner verification exercise in Lagos State organized by Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate (PTAD) for pensioners of Nigerian Telecommunications Limited and its mobile subsidiary, MTEL under the Defined Benefit Scheme (DBS) which he personally attended in order to oversee the process.
“I therefore call on all pensioners in this bracket of verification to take advantage of the process. For those that might have had to wait for long to be captured, I urge you to keep faith with the Buhari administration’s commitment to uphold Nigeria’s social contract with pensioners.
“You can see the dedication of government to rebuilding this confidence in the very fact that the Sharon Ikeazor’s led PTAD is verifying all the backlog of civil servants from the defunct NITEL and MTEL,” he said.
Sen Ashafa said the ongoing verification exercise is one of the core prerequisites for implementing the social security component of the Buhari administration, adding that the Government remains committed to capturing all pensioners.
The first phase of the verification of NITEL and its subsidiary MTEL which commenced on January 15 to end January 27, 2018 is expected to Lagos, Port Harcourt and Enugu while the second phase will start 5th February to 13th February, 2018 in Kano, Gombe and Abuja.
Qualified retirees are required to attend the verification with originals and photocopies of their documents while their bio-metrics will be captured during the exercise. PTAD said “No proxy is allowed.”