28th September, 2017.
By Yunusa Abdullahi.
About One Thousand, One Hundred and Six Ghost Pensioners have been Detected by the Committee on Pension Verification in Adamawa state.
The Chairman of the committee Alhaji Ahmadu Njidda Sorou disclosed this to Governor Muhammed Umar Jibrilla and members of the State Executive Council while submitting an Interim report to the Governor recently.
Alhaji Ahmadu Njidda revealed that the committee discovered some Pensioner's entitlements were over calculated while others were under calculated, stressing that all the anomalies were identified and Rectified accordingly.
He also explained that the total number of Pensioners verified as beneficiaries entitled for Gratuity claims both Life, Deceased and Permanent Secretaries are 5,041 before the Verification exercise.
The committee also looked into the payment of pension arrears inherited amounting to 181,504,056.69 which was reduced to 137,086,982.69 after the verification, adding that the verification revealed alot of irregularities which the committee identified and Rectified.
According to the Chairman, the committee also suggested that there is the need for government to formulate and implement the contribution Pension scheme to remove the burden of pension matters which is solely rest on government as well as to establish a Data Information System (DIS) to maintain records .
He however called for a review of pension allowances for all categories of civil servants as stipulated in the pension Act. of 1979 which states that at the end of every Five Years Pension allowances be reviewed whether or not Salaries are increased.
While receiving the report, Governor Muhammed Umar Jibrilla commended members of the committee for a job well done and maintained that Transparency and Accountability is the cardinals principles of his administration.
The Governor also said that government will study the recommendations of the report carefully and Implements it for the overall development of Adamawa state.