On Monday, some Federal Government Retirees in Oyo State complained about the cumbersome nature of the ongoing verification of pensioners in Ibadan.

They argued that at this stage in their life, aged people like them should not be exposed to such a strict practice.

The Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate handles the Parastatal Verification Exercise for Pensioners under the Defined Benefit Scheme.
The exercise is intended for pensioners who have retired from Federal Government agencies.

Dr. Festus Sule, a retired member of the National Education Research Institute, informed reporters that the continuing verification was messy and awful.

He wondered how older people would be able to take part in the exercise for several hours. “I just went to some of their representatives to ask for the process to be segmented. We have six research institutes in Ibadan alone, the University of Ibadan, the teaching hospital, NEPA and many others.

“We advised them to segment it so that different parastatals would be assigned each day, but it was rejected. Older people can’t do what younger people to do. If anyone collapses now, it’s going to be their responsibility,” Sule said.

He said the PTAD had up to Wednesday distributed numbers to the pensioners, adding that there were many who still had to get the numbers.
The Secretary, Nigeria Union of Pensioners, Mr Olusegun Abatan, also said that the PTAD did not liaise with the NUP to adopt a stress-free exercise of verification.

“Contraditionally, PTAD officials never considered it fit to meet in the state with the NUP to organize the pensioners. They believed they could do it, and I believe they did their best,” he said.

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