The Director General, Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate, PTAD Mrs. Nellie Mayshak has disclosed that verification of pensioners is on-going in some parts of the country to enable them flush out ghost workers in the system.
Mayshak gave the hints when the National Association of Northern Nigerian Students, NANNS, presented an honorary award of excellence and patriotism to her in her office in Abuja.
She said that the main reasons for the verification exercise is to collect biometric data of the pensioners to enable them review the information already on ground and as well identify genuine pensioners.
According to her, ?If we are able to remove all the ghost pensioners across the country after this exercise, we will end up in making more money for pensioners that are really genuine.?
PTAD Director General said that the organisation is working assiduously to remove fear from the mind of pensioners in the country, adding that, the situation where funds meant for pensioners is mismanaged in the past will no longer be condoned.
?If after retirement, people are paid their retirement accordingly, the fear will not be there. What normally create fears is the thought of the funds that were mismanaged and people were not paid their entitlements? she said.
The DG, who was overwhelmed by the recognition given to her by the NANNS students, urged them to face their study squarely so that they can be better people in the society in the future.
Mayshak said that the award will spur her into doing her job better, urging the students not to settle for a first degree, but rather further their education after graduation.
In his speech, before the presentation of the award, the National President of NANNS, Comrade Best Agbese applauded the Director General for her tenacity in piloting the affairs of the organisation.
Agbese said that her drives within the period she became the Director General, DG, has greatly improved the prompt payment of pensions, tracking failed payment to pensioners, restoration of genuine pensioners back to the pay roll among others.