Retirees under FG yet to collect 33.3% pension arrears

Retirees across the country have confirmed that they are yet to receive complete payment of the 33.3 per cent pension arrears, meant for Federal Government pensioners under the Defined Benefit Scheme (DBS), by the Pension Transitional Arrangements Directorate (PTAD).

From a random research conducted recently, The Guardian observed that some of the government pensioners are still being owed 12 months to 24 months of the pension arrears, while some others were yet to receive any payment at all.

According to the 2018 First Quarter (Q1) Report released by the National Pension Commission (PenCom), put statutory monthly returns rendered by PTAD at N8.20 billion to 237,933 pensioners in the quarter under review, while 11 complaints were received and forwarded to PTAD for resolution.

However, the numbers were faulted by pensioners, who claimed that hundreds of complaints are made at PTAD’s office every working day, and that majority of them are yet to receive payments of their pension arrears.

One of the pensioners, Mrs Omotayo Oserinde, who claimed she retired from the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) in 2007, said she is yet to receive the complete payment of her pensions and gratuity.

She said: “Since 2008, I’m yet to receive the balance of my gratuity.

When we were about to be paid, the people sent from Abuja by the federal government asked for N200,000 gratification from my retirement funds, which I refused.

“Some people who agreed to pay the money received their pensions in full.

I was paid N2.2 million even when the Accountant General of the Federation gave a directive that I should be paid over N3 million.

“We are over 600 pensioners affected by this, and we are yet to receive payments of the 33.3 per cent pension arrears directed to be paid by the federal government.”

Source: Guardian

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