Chairman House Committee on Pension, Hassana Shekarau has disclosed that the federal government had released N54 billion to National Pension Commission (PenCom) for the payment of the 33% pension’s arrears to be paid to pensioners.
Shekarau made this known at the official commissioning ceremony of the Nigeria Union of Pensioners House in Abuja .
He said that President Muhammdu Buhari, had constituted a presidential committee to reconcile the pension figures and that the job had been concluded.
According to him, the President also sent a bill seeking for a loan to the National Assembly which the national assembly approved for him and part of the approver was to pay pensioners arrears.
“We don’t know what is delaying it that is why I took it upon myself to make sure that I charge the chief executives who are handing pension matters that within two weeks they should report back to me on it.
“Any of them that delay I assure pensioners that will still move another motion that whoever is not allowing it be invited to the national assembly. ’He said.
“I have engaged stakeholders to make sure that the needful is done am happy to tell you that some progress have been made on the challenges of the 33% arrears.
“I have given the relevant stakeholders on pension two weeks to sit and resolve matter to resolve the pending issues of the payment of 33% pension arrears since the money had been disbursed.
He said he had recently engaged the three executives in-charge of pension pencom, PTAD and the Chairman Military Pension Board and had given them two weeks to make sure that they engaged the minister of fiancé, the Director of Budget and the Accountant General.
He commended the Gov. of Yobe for the prompt payment of pension and urged that other state governors emulate him.
The Executive Secretary of The Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate (PTAD), Mrs Sharon Ikeazor promised that the arrears of the 33% would be paid soon.
“All those that we had verified we are completing their payment of 33% arrears, we were able to pay six months out of it last year Nov. and Dec.
“I assure you that this year we would pay the next one, we will make sure that all the arrears of the 33% will be paid soon’’. She said
Ikeazor commended the Gov. of Yobe, Alh. Ibrahim Gaidam, for payment of pension in his state and promised to build a state office in Damaturu for the verification of pensioners.
“We shall have an office in Damaturu so that our aged parents and pensioners do not need to come to the headquarters in Abuja for their verification they will get the same service there. ‘She said
She said the she loved the idea of the medical care; PTAD had talked to National Health Insurance to see how they can provide free health care for all pensioners across the nation.
According to her, this is the best time pensioners need the health care more after labour than when they were in service.
She however commended the NUP President for the completion of the building.