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NITEL, MTEL retirees verification to start in January—Directorate

Pursuant to the directive of the federal government through the Ministry of Finance, the Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate (PTAD), has announced dates for the verification of pensioners of Nigerian Telecommunications Limited (NITEL) and MTEL under the Defined Benefit Scheme (DBS), its mobile subsidiary.

Details gathered in Abuja showed that the exercise, which will take place across the six geo-political zones in selected venues, will begin from January 15 to 26, 2018.

A statement issued on the subject revealed that “Pursuant to PTAD being assigned with the responsibility, the directorate has been working with the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE) to get the nominal roll and other required information on qualified pensioners of the defunct NITEL.

According to PTAD, qualified retirees are required to come with originals and photocopies of their required documents including their computation sheets issued by their former employer.

“It said Next-of-Kins (NOK) are also mandated to obtain a Letter of Administration from the High Courts of Justice for the deceased pensioner.

“Affidavit for loss of mandatory documents including letter of retirement will not be accepted for the verification.

PTAD however, noted that issue of proxy will not be allowed in the process as security agencies will be stationed at the venues to check fraudsters, who will be immediately prosecuted when apprehended.

Whereas the directorate is ready to attend to the sick and infirmed at their locations, It advised that sick people must include pensioners’ contact details, photo copies of all documents as listed and certified Doctor’s report for such services.

Pensioners of the defunct federal agency had been agitating for their money since the inauguration of the present administration and reports say many have died waiting for their pension.