Monthly pension bill hits N7.8bn
19,000 retirees having issues over BVN
The Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate (PTAD) had suspended 22,021 pen sioners from the payroll following the non-appearance of the pensioners for the verification exercise in 2017.
The PTAD pays out N7.8 billion monthly to 237,000 verified pensioners in its data under Defined Benefit Scheme (DBS). Over N6 billion had been saved annually from the verification process. T
he agency, in addition, has recovered cash and non-cash assets of over N16 billion from the Board of Trustees (BOT) and in-surance underwriters.
The cash component of N6.9 billion is domiciled with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) designated Recovery Account, created solely for the remittance of such funds. About 25 properties belonging to the Federal Government in the custody of NICON Insurance Plc. had been recovered and forwarded to the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing for proper assessment and valuation, PTAD boss disclosed.
Executive Secretary of PTAD, Barrister Sharon Ikeazor, confirmed the updates yesterday in Abuja at a press briefing. Ikeazor said the pensioners, who did not show up for the exercise, were given up to end of March to appear, saying that the basis of verification was to identify genuine pensioners.
She, however, said the directorate had also taken cognisance of pensioners living in the Diaspora, adding that pensioners in that category, who had updated their status with PTAD would, however, not be affected.
“Following the successful conclusion of the nationwide civil service pensioners’ verification exercise in December 2017, pensioners who did not show up were given up to the end of March 2018 to come forward to be verified. A total of 22,021 who did not show up have now been suspended from the payroll, amounting to a monthly savings of N495, 022,747.57 to government.
“This would translate to approximately N6 billion per annum. Pensioners in the Diaspora, who have written to update us of their status, will, however, not be affected,” she said. Also, the PTAD took off another 19,000 pensioners who had issues with their Bank Verification Number (BVN). While not ruling out completely their reinstatement, Ikeazor said that it can only be reversed “if they sort out the BVN issue with their banks.”
Sharon said the figure of 237,000 is not sacrosanct as, according to her, “the figure may go up slightly as some pensioners are about to be added into the payroll.”
Speaking in respect of verified civil service pensioners, Sharon said: “PTAD has successfully added 7,969 verified civil service pensioners to the payroll. These are pensioners who were verified in the South-West and North- Central in Q4 2017.
“Before this addition, over 19,500 verified civil service pensioners from the North-West, South- East, North-East and South-South had been reinstated and paid their arrears. Also ongoing is the computation of benefits for over 5,000 verified civil service pensioners.
This will conclude the payrolling of all verified civil service pensioners.” She explained that with the recent verification of pensioners, PTAD has added over 700 verified parastatal pensioners from the Federal Housing Authority and NDA (Civilians) to the payroll.
She said the pensioners will begin to receive monthly pension payments. She said the directorate had also concluded the computation of benefits of 467 verified pensioners of New Nigeria Newspaper (NNN) and their 17 Next-of- Kins (NoK) in first quarter of 2018. She, however, noted that the NNN pensioners were yet to be pay-rolled owing to some judicial issues that needed to be resolved.
“We are working to ensure this is expeditiously done so that they can start collecting their monthly pension,” she said. She said the computation of benefits of 4,182, Delta Steel Company (DSC) and 22,000 NITEL/MTEL retirees across the country were also ongoing, adding that PTAD was working hard to ensure speedy computation of their benefits.
She said about 2,830 civil service pensioners, verified in the North-East between November 2016 and January 2017, who were wrongly removed from the payroll prior to the establishment of PTAD, were put back on the payroll and paid their total arrears of N1,328,935,014.83 as at June 2017. She said 8,564 civil service pensioners verified in the South-South between January and February 2017 were payrolled and paid arrears of a total of N4,984,219,446.99 from June to December 2017.
VIDEO: Sunday Igboho steals show as Moshood Adeoti declares to succeed Aregbesola
One of the leading aspirants in the race to Abere government house for the September 22nd governorship election in Osun state, Alhaji Moshood Olalekan Adeoti popularly addressed as “SHEU” by his admirers has officially declared his intention to contest for the post of the governor, to succeed his boss, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola under the platform of the All Progressives Congress APC.
He made his intention known when he visited the state secretariat of the party in Osogbo, accompanied by his teeming supporters, loyalists and well-wishers gathered from all local governments of the state, in his words at the occasion, “Mr. Chairman, I have come forward today as a disciplined and active party member of APC to declare my interest in contesting for the governor of Osun, I have gathered valuable experience over the years, starting from my humble political background as a councilor in Iwo to the state party chairman of Action Congress AC, Action Congress of Nigeria ACN, and now the secretary to the state government in the last eight years, i am most experienced and qualified among all the contestants from both the PDP and APC ” he said.
My interest primarily is to make success out of everywhere Governor Rauf Aregbesola has failed as we have many shortcomings as an administration but government is a continuum, our party APC made many promises which we cannot fulfill but I vow to fulfill all of them if elected as governor. I also want to align with the six integral action plan of Aregbesola and I am totally committed to fulfilling them all provided the APC will give me the platform to contest as its flag bearer, he stressed further.
Speaking at the short ceremony, one of the notable personality who accompanied Adeoti to the ceremony, Chief Sunday Igboho Adeyemo, a chieftain of PDP in Oyo State and a former ally of former Governor, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola who affirmed his total readiness to work assiduously for the emergence and success of Adeoti at the polls categorically assured that all known and prominent thugs within and outside Osun will be mobilized to support the ambition of Adeoti. Igboho, a known confidant of Senator Rashidi Ladoja said he has gotten approval of Ladoja to support the APC aspirant.
One of the party elders from Ejigbo who accompanied Adeoti to the event but prefers to stay anonymous expressed shock about the missed opportunity and lack of cohesion displayed by the grassroot politician of Adeoti caliber, this was an opportunity for Sheu to itemize his manifesto to the party and people, prove bookmakers wrong that he has the capacity needed to administer our state, he also failed to showcase to the public the achievements of the administration in which he served as SSG for eight years, instead was hammering on areas of weaknesses and failures of Aregbesola, the former AD councillor lamented.
“We have over 50 party leaders here, and Sunday Igboho who is not a resident, citizen or voter in Osun state was the one of the persons recognized by the SSG to address the gathering, Igboho that was in Osogbo 2months ago for the PDP state Congress where Adagunodo was elected chairman, this is an insult to our collective sensibility in Osun, the septuagenarian questioned.
When asked when he will resign his present appointment, he simply answered, there is no place in Nigeria or APC constitution where it was written that I have to resign because I want to contest for governor, I’m still the SSG, he boasted.
I built my demolished house with gratuity, says landlord
Landlords and residents of Iyeri community, located at Imota, Ikorodu area of Lagos State, have cried out over what they described as the illegal demolition of completed and uncompleted buildings in their communities.
The Iyeri community chairman, Mr Tony Aghedo, said that all the buildings in the community were demolished on April 4, 2018, by the Lagos State Building Control Agency. According to them, they were shocked to see that the bulldozers, which pulled down their homes, were escorted by hundreds of policemen and soldiers.
The community chairman said that he was disallowed to evacuate his property out of his house by the policemen and soldiers, leading to destruction of his property. Tony, who noted that it was the state Ministry of Agriculture that directed the state building control agency to demolish all buildings in the community, added that the community lawyer had already been alerted and that a protest had been held at the state government house.
Tony further said: “It was a tragic day for us. Every landlord and landlady in the community bought their land from the Shupori family. We don’t know the genesis of this land. We only heard that there had been an agreement between the Ministry of Agriculture and the family in question, which was not supposed to affect us.” In a voice filled with emotion, Tony cried out: “I built my now demolished house with my gratuity. I’m just a retired civil servant.
There should at least be a compensation of a sort for us. We must not allow this ministry to intimidate us because we are very sure there has been a conspiracy.” A landlady, who gave her name as Iyaafin Adekola, said: “On the day of the demolition, the policemen were power drunk due to the extent that phones of those who tried to defend their homes were snatched and smashed.” Adekola, a petty trader, said that she was able to raise money, buy and built her now demolished house by working to the bones.
She was said to have collapsed when bulldozers rode through the walls of her two-bedroom apartment, pulling everything to the grounds. She added: “The next place I found myself after witnessing the horrible incident was in the hospital.
I had received two drips. My children and I, live in an uncompleted building.” Comfort Oladeji, 57, implored the government to compensate the affected community members. Oladeji said that it took her 10 years to build her house, which, was demolished within seconds.
The community secretary, Mustapha Akeem, said that necessary actions had been taken, stressing that those who were affected had staged a protest to the Lagos State House of Assembly and other vital places.
He added: “I’m sad because I’m a civil servant, working under the Lagos State Government. We have staged a protest and we are happy that the Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, has given us an appointment date. We wished to be compensated.”
Fani-Kayode’s wife delivers triplets on her birthday
Precious, wife of former Aviation Minister, Dr. Femi Fani-Kayode, was yesterday delivered a set of triplets. Precious, who gave birth to three boys, made the announcement on her Instagram page on yesterday.
The former beauty queen further revealed the names of her new babies. She wrote via her handle @snowhiteey: “Thank you Lord for these special birthday gifts. My target was 35 weeks and exactly today, Ragnar, Aiden and Liam just arrived. “I’m doing fine and so are my boys. Thanks for your prayers and wishes, I really do appreciate.”
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