National Judicial Council (NJC) yesterday commenced the biometric registration of federal judiciary pensioners to weed out ghost pensioners and prevent sharp practices.

The executive secretary of the council, Garba Saleh, while supervising the exercise at the Federal High Court premises told journalists that the data capturing of federal judiciary pensioners and serving staff would stop the chaotic challenges confronting the pension scheme.

He expressed dismay over the alleged corrupt practices surrounding pension matters in the country, saying that this necessitated the move by NJC to shield federal judicial workers from falling victims to perpetrators of the illicit act.

According to him, the NJC has inherited the responsibility to superintend over pension of federal judiciary workers, adding that the exercise will ease the pains of judiciary pensioners.

“Before now, the issue of pension of federal judiciary workers has been clumsy and chaotic, that led to corruption, causing hardship,” Saleh stated.

He disclosed that sanity is being restored in the federal judiciary pension matters to curb fraudulent practices.

He said that the data capturing is a nationwide exercise, which is mandatory for staff on the verge of retirement, noting that this will facilitate prompt payment of pension entitlement, as soon as staffs retire from service.

When quizzed on the objection to the transfer of federal judiciary pension matter to NJC, he said under the present arrangement, federal judicial pensioners will enjoy prompt payment of their entitlements.