PTAD postpones resumption of walk-in verification for pensioners
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja
The Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate has postponed the January 19, 2021 resumption date for walk-in verification for pensioners at its offices nationwide.
It announced the postponement on Friday but gave no new date for the resumption of walk-in verification, adding that the decision was to curb the spread of COVID-19.
The agency disclosed this in a statement issued in Abuja by its spokesperson, Olugbenga Ajayi, and signed by the management of PTAD.
It said, “PTAD hereby informs the general public that the proposed resumption of the walk-in verification of pensioners at its headquarters and state liaison offices for all pensioners under the Defined Benefit Scheme earlier scheduled for January 19, 2021 has been postponed till further notice.
“The postponement is in line with the Federal Government’s directive on ensuring safe practice of the COVID-19 protocols, through the Presidential Taskforce on COVID-19.”
The agency stated that pensioners under the Civil Service Pension Department and Police Pensions Department and the Customs would be affected by this suspension.
Others to be affected include pensioners under the Immigration, Prisons Pension Department, as well as the Parastatal Pension Department.
The PTAD, however, assured all pensioners who had requested for the walk-in verification that they would be contacted and scheduled for the exercise when the walk-in verification resumed.
It said pensioners with urgent complaints should send their complaints as emails to the agency or should upload their complaints on PTAD’s website complaint link.
The agency had announced the suspension of its walk-in verification for pensioners on December 10, 2020, and had stated that the exercise would commence on January 19, 2021.
But with the latest announcement on Friday, the exercise had been postponed indefinitely as a result of the recent second outbreak of COVID-19.