The Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate PTAD, has concluded arrangements to commence its proposed National Pensioners Biometric Verification Exercise for pensioners under the Defined Benefit Scheme (DBS).
The purpose of the exercise include amongst others: establish a reliable Pensioners data base; capture all eligible Pensioners and their next of kin who have not been pay-rolled; reduce the anxiety of Pensioners who have not been paid for a very long time; reduce the backlog and myriads of complaints and conduct a once-and-for-all exercise to reduce the sufferings of multiple verifications.
It added that theverification which will begin with Police pensioners, is the first in the series of a comprehensive verification exercises to be conducted in two phases comprising 6 Police zonal formations in each phase. The first phase of this exercise will commence on the 8th of December and will be concluded on the 18th December 2014. The zones are in six zones; states under zone one zone one include Jigawa, Kano, Kastina,zone two are
Jigawa, Kano, Katsina
Police zonal command HQ, Kano
Police zonal command HQ, Gombe
Zonal command, Makurdi
Zonal Command, Jos.
FCT, Niger, Kaduna
Police zonal command HQ, Kaduna.
Kebbi, Zamfara, Sokoto
Police zonal command HQ, Sokoto.
Yobe, Bauchi, Borno
Police zonal command HQ, Bauchi.
The management of PTAD is using this medium to allay the fears of all other categories of Pensioners that the nationwide biometric verification exercise has just began and all pensioners under the Defined Benefit Scheme (DBS) or the old pension system will be covered subsequently.
All Police pensioners in the afore mentioned zones who retire on or before the 30th of June, 2007 are to attend the exercise with all necessary documents including the original and photocopies of the following;
-Letter/Gazette of First Appointment
-Letter of Last Promotion
-Letter of Retirement
– Duly signed NUBAN Bank Statements with bank logo
-Letter of introduction from last command of service
The Next of Kins of Deceased Police Pensioners are also expected to attend with the original and photocopies of;
-Letter of Administration
-Letter of Introduction or Identification from the Command where the deceased last served.
-Affidavit of Next of Kin
The verification exercise will run simultaneously from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm daily. It is important to note that all logistic arrangements to ensure the adequate comfort of Pensioners during the exercise have been completed.
This is also calling on all stakeholders in the public pensions sub-sector especially the Association of Retired Police Officers of Nigeria (ARPON) to rally together all their affected members and ensure their participation in the exercise.