The federal government has noted the concerns and fears raised on omitted and missing names in the ongoing verification exercise of the liquidated Nigeria Airways Limited (NAL) former workers and has created a help desk to attend to them.
The Minister of Finance, Mrs Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed, who stated this on Thursday while addressing the pensioners in Lagos, said the account of those verified would be credited with their entitlements this week, adding that the exercise, which was meant to end on Monday, October 22, has been extended by additional one week to attend to all qualified beneficiaries.
She said the verification exercise and payment of all entitlements of the pensioners was based on the recent directives and approval of President Muhammadu Buhari.
The minister was represented by the head of the federal government’s delegation on inspection tour of the various centres and secretary, Presidential Initiative on Continuous Audit (PICA), Dr Mohammed K. Dikwa.
According to Dikwa, adequate measures had been put in place to address some challenges being encountered since the exercise started last week Monday, fast track the process and get every pensioner properly verified.
He appealed to the pensioners to be patient and remain orderly, adding, after the verification exercise, 50 per cent payment of entitlements would be made in this first tranch by next week.
He stressed that the process which is being supervised by officials of the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) and the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) was to make the exercise transparent and credible. Also the biometric capturing of all verified pensioners would address cases of duplicity and ensure seamless payment of the remaining 50 per cent entitlements of the ex-workers.
For those who are deceased and cases of missing documents, he said that separate desks had also been created in the three centres, in Kano, Enugu and Lagos, to ensure they were verified to enable them receive their entitlements.
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