By CLEMENT NWOJI, Abuja
The Chairman, House Committee on Pensions, Hassan Shekarau, has commended the Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate (PTAD) for the hitch free verification exercise of the NITEL/MTEL pensioners conducted in Kano, saying the attestation by the pensioners was affirmation of quality of service rendered by the agency.
He gave the commendation in Kano during a surprise visit Wednesday, to the centre where the pensioners from adjoining states in the North West gathered for the exercise.
Hon. Shekarau, who was there as part of oversight functions by the committee, interacted with the pensioners and personnel of the agency to get a concrete proof that the process was in order.
He expressed satisfaction with the exercise as another example of a well organized procedures embarked upon by the Directorate and assured that the House would support the Directorate to hasten budgetary process for funds to be released to pay the pensioners their entitlements.
He advised the pensioners to be calm and exercise patience for this to come on stream.
The Executive Secretary of PTAD, Mrs Sharon Ikeazor, was also present to monitor the exercise to ensure its smooth conduct which involved review of the pensioners documents, scanning and biometric capture as well as ensuring quality assurance towards computation of their entitlements.
She was also present to ensure that the pensioners welfare was guaranteed, including maximum attention to those with health challenges.
Further in a statement, the North West Zonal Chairman of NITEL Pensioners Association, Mr Samuel Johnson, an engineer said they were grateful to the Federal Government for approving the verification after many years of waiting since retirement and confirmed that the exercise the exercise had been going on smoothly.
The Chairman and Coordinator of the Association’s Kano Territory, Mohammed Ishaq also said their hope had been restored towards receiving the retirement benefits.
Another pensioner, Akomoh Francis who came from Gusau in Zamfara state where he has lived and worked for over thirty years said he was so pleased to have been verified, having been assured of a thorough exercise.
The Kano centre which opened on Monday like those in Gombe and Abuja with huge turnout of pensioners had attended to about one thousand of them in three days.
The centre will not open on Saturday due to the Kano State Local Government elections scheduled for the day but will reopen on Monday as scheduled.