The Edo State government has announced that it will begin the payment of pension arrears of retirees in ‘batch 40’ latest on Wednesday, January 24.
The government made the announcement in a statement signed by the Permanent Secretary and Chairman, Pensions Bureau, Mr I.D. Juwobor.
The announcement was in furtherance of the phased payment of pension arrears by the state government Juwobor explained.
Meanwhile, pensioners in batch 40 have been directed to come forward for physical and documentary verification from Monday to Wednesday at the Imaguero School Hall in Benin City.
The activity will also enable pensioners in batches 37, 38 and 39, who missed previous verification exercises, the chance to be screened and get their records taken to facilitate payment of their arrears, Juwobor said.
“Affected pensioners are advised to check the list of pensioners in the batches at the office of the Head of Service on January 22 and 23, 2018.
“They are to come to the venue of the verification exercise with the following: pension authority, retirement letter, letter of first appointment, pension identity card, biometric slip and bank details including bank name and account number,” the Pensions Bureau chairman said.
He said outstanding pension arrears would be credited to each pensioner’s account, “without delay after due process and documentation by relevant agencies involved in the payment process,” once the verification exercise is concluded.
The state government had concluded on using the phased payment of pension arrears after a reported backlog of about N10 billion.
Imaguero, however, said the phased payment of the arrears has reduced the arrears by about N6 billion, providing succour to pensioners whose arrears accrued from 1996 to 2000.
Source: Naija News