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Pension Arrears: Reps summon Accountant-General, HoS, Others over non-payment

OrderPaperToday – The House of Representatives has summoned the Head of Service of the Federation (HoS) and Accountant-General of the Federation (AGF) over the non-payment of pension and gratuity to retired Federal Civil Servants for nine months.

Others expected to appear to include; the Director-General of the National Pension Commission and the Executive Secretary of the Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate (PTAD) to provide an explanation.

This decision followed deliberation on a motion presented by Sergius Ogun (PDP, Edo) during plenary on Tuesday in Abuja.

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In his lead debate, Ogun noted that pensioners under the defined benefits scheme of PTAD were reportedly owed monthly pensions and gratuities for a cumulative period of nine months.

Ogun said that he was disturbed by the claim that the failure of PTAD to pay pensioners under the defined benefits scheme for nine months was due to technological glitches.

According to him, “the House notes that the failure of PTAD to pay pensioners monthly pensions and gratuities based on technological glitches amounts to gross incompetence and ineffectiveness on the part of PTAD.

The claim by PTAD that the technological glitches which caused it to be in arrears of pension and gratuities were in the domain of the AGF and Government Integrated Financial Management System (GIFMIS) was unacceptable.”

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The House, therefore, urged PTAD to appear before the Committees on Pension and Public Service Matters and provide an explanation for the non-payment.

It also mandated the Committees on Pension, Public Service Matters, and Legislative Compliance to ensure compliance with this resolution and report back within four weeks for further legislative action.

Lizzy Chirkpi
Lizzy Chirkpi
Lizzy Chirkpi has a BA in French and is a senior reporter at OrderPaper. She has keen interest in photojournalism and video documentary. She's also a writer and author of a book, "Pourquoi Le Francais." She likes reading, traveling and watching movies.
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