New chairman, Military Pensions Board (MPB), Air Vice Marshal Paul Irumheson, has assumed command with a promise to improve on the recent progress made by his predecessor.
Irumheson who took over the mantle of leadership yesterday from Rear Adm. Sabiru Lawal, announced the commencement of electronic verification for ex-servicemen, as a directive from the chief of defence staff.
He said the verification exercise is expected to be done no later than the first quarter of 2024.
He also promised to operate an open-door policy, urging retirees and prisoners to always feel free to come forward with whatever concerns they might have.
The new chair pledged to build in the successes made by the board and sustain timely payment of pension and gratuity of retirees.
He commended Lawal for his achievements as the chairman of the board in the area of infrastructure and welfare of personnel, assuring to sustain and improve on them.
The outgone chairman, Rear Adm. Lawal, said the board had improved significantly from what it was when he assumed office on Sept. 18, 2020.
He said the retirees/pensioners could attest to the promptness with which their gratuities and pensions were paid since his assumption of duty.
He added that a pleasant working environment and policies had also been put in place for the improved wellbeing of staff.
He advised all officers and men to see their roles in the board to administer the retirement benefits of military veterans and the families of the departed ones, as a sacred responsibility for which their conscience should be their guide.