FG extends plan to remove 23,089 pensioners from payroll

FG extends date for removal some pensioners from payroll
Ernest Sunday

Following a demand from the Nigeria Union of Pensioners (NUP), the Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate (PTAD) has decided to extend its plan to remove 23,089 pensioners from the Federal Government payroll.

According to the report from the General Secretary of NUP, Elder Actor Zal, the Federal Government has given extra three months as the deadline to remove pensioners who are regarded as ghost pensioners.

Zal also urged pensioners to make sure they do their proper verification before October 31, 2020, to make sure their name reflects in the government payroll.

He also called on the Acting Chairman of the National Salaries, Incomes and Wages Commission (NSIWC), Mr Ekpo Nta, to look into increasing the salaries of pensioners in line with the new national minimum wage authorised by President Muhammadu Buhari.

“PTAD has acceded to our request that they will not remove the names of pensioners until the end of October, they have extended the time for about three months, " Zal, said.

"PTAD took the decision owing to the agitation by NUP; hence it advised NUP to ensure that all pensioners know that it has been extended by three months and whoever has not done verification has up till October ending to perfect his records; if not they would remove the names.”

The secretary also thanked the federal government for releasing money for Nigerian Airways pensioners saying it will help them sustain their family in this pandemic period.

“The Ministry of Finance released money for the payment of Nigerian Airways pensioners, and we want to also thank the Federal Government for making the release for the payment of the Nigerian Airways pensioners.

"This will definitely go a long way to help the pensioners and their family in the face of the very hard economic situation in the country", Zal added.

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