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In Lagos State government pledges to partner with PTAD

Mrs. Balogun conveyed the Lagos State government’s commitment to providing logistic support to enable PTAD conduct the verification of all pensioners with Federal share in the state.

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The Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate (PTAD) has received a pledge of partnership from the Lagos State Government to provide logistics support for the verification of Lagos state pensioners with federal share to facilitate the payment of their benefits and entitlements.

This was disclosed by the Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Civil Service Pensions Office, Mrs. O.A Balogun, during a visit to the Acting Director General/Executive Secretary of PTAD at the agency’s headquarters in Abuja on Wednesday 22 June 2016.

According to PTAD Head Corporate Communications , Theodora Amechi, Mrs. Balogun conveyed the Lagos State government’s commitment to providing logistic support to enable PTAD conduct the verification of all pensioners with Federal share in the state.

While presenting a nominal roll of Lagos state pensioners with federal share to the management of PTAD, Balogun noted that “conducting the verification exercise will enable PTAD resolve issues of non-payment and short payment to pensioners, and the reconciliation of any outstanding obligation on the part of the Federal government.”

According to her, “Governor Akinwunmi Ambode is fully committed to ensuring that pensioners in Lagos state are paid their full entitlements”. This, she said, is evidenced by the payment of about N14Billion to pensioners since his government assumed office just over a year ago, at a time when other states are struggling to pay salaries. "

In his response, the Acting DG/ES of PTAD, expressed delight at the “unprecedented” offer of support from the Lagos state government which he said would “go long way in making PTAD’s work easier.”

“Pension administration in Nigeria would have registered greater success if all state governments were willing to support and collaborate with PTAD as the Lagos state government is offering to do” he said.

With this development, the next phase of PTAD’s nationwide verification of civil service pensioners will commence in Lagos on a date to be jointly agreed.

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