Over 20, 000 pensioners drawn from various ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) of government would be removed from the payroll of the Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate (PTAD) from October this year, the agency has disclosed.
A statement from the agency said the list containing names of the affected pensioners has already been forwarded to pension unions, associations, agencies and institutes since July 2020 for dissemination and sensitization of their members and to give feedback to the directorate.
According to PTAD, the 21,227 pensioners were those who failed to turn up for the directorate’s 2019 PaPD nationwide and in-house verification exercises. Also, they neither submitted a documentary request for mobile verification nor registered as Diaspora pensioners.
In the statement, it was disclosed that documented Diaspora pensioners and pensioners who requested for mobile verification but are not yet verified, have also been added to the documented pensioners pending when it would be convenient for them to be verified.
The PTAD said in view of the COVID-19 lockdown, it has released some guidelines which bona fide pensioners amongst the identified 21,227 pensioners with authentic documents should follow to ensure that their names are not removed from the payroll.
According to the agency, “pensioners who are resident overseas should scan all their career records, bank statement, BVN slip with a picture, mobile number, email address, resident permit, data page of international passport showing picture and personal details, certificate of aliveness from the nearest Nigeria embassy and send to email@example.com.
“Also, pensioners who are sick have been asked to scan all their career records, bank statement, BVN slip with a picture, mobile number, email address, national identity card or national driver’s license, a medical report from a government hospital and send to firstname.lastname@example.org.
“For pensioners who are neither sick nor resident abroad but missed the verification exercises of 2019, they are required to scan all their career records, bank statement, BVN slip with a picture, mobile number, email address, national identity card or national driver’s license and send to email@example.com to be scheduled for verification.”
PTAD further added that ‘in the unlikely event that a pensioner has been previously verified by the directorate but still find his/her name on the list, such a person should scan their verification slip and send to firstname.lastname@example.org.’