The Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate (PTAD), has commenced biometric verification exercise of 1732 ex-workers of savannah sugar company Numan, in Adamawa state.
The Executive Secretary, Sharon Ikeazor said, the exercise is in furtherance of president Muhammadu Buhari’s commitment, to improving the welfare of all pensioners, neglected by previous administrations.
Ikeazor said the exercise, under PTAD’s Parastatal Verification Excetcise for Pensioners Under the Defined Benefit Scheme ( DBS), holding at Lelewal Hotels is, meant for disengaged workers in 2002, following the privatization of the company.
The Directorate she said, had completed preparations, for the verifications of all other treasury funded parastatals, including defunct and privatized agencies in the country.
Polycap Mbande, the chairman Retrenched Workers Association of Savannah Sugar Company, expressed satisfaction with the exercise said, government is concerned to address their plight which lingered in the last 17 years after they were rationalized.
Mbande pointed out that, his members are optimistic that their entitlement would be paid very soon.
“The BPE miscalculated our benefits computed by Savannah Sugar company, which is below expectation.
“We complained to the Vice President through the Berekete Platform, and we are glad for the screening by PTAD today”.
He added that over 500 next of kins of deceased members of the company have appeared for the screening to claim their benefits.
He lauded Vice President Yemi Osinbanjo for prompt action to their letter of complain over their unpaid claims.
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