The Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate (PTAD) , said it has paid N1,103,987,124.44 to 559 members of Nigerian Police Force that took sides with the State of Biafra during the Nigeria Civil.
The Executive Secretary of PTAD, Dr Chioma Ejikeme, made this known in Enugu during a stakeholders’ forum with the Association of Retired Police Officers (ARWAPO).
Given a breakdown of the payment, Ejikeme said that 414 ARWAPO Pensioners were paid N954,077,715.29, while N149,907,409.15 death benefits were paid to 145 Next of kin of deceased pensioners.
She stated that the stakeholders engagement was part of it efforts to bring pension administration to the doorstep of its pensioners.
She however, stated that despite challenges in recent times, occasioned by the coronavirus pandemic, PTAD has been making progress in addressing pensioners issues and restoring hope, dignity and decent living to defined benefit scheme pensioners.
On his part, the Chairman Senate committee on Establishment and Public Service, Mallam Ibrahim Shakarau, said the Senate was working to put in place necessary judicial framework to ensure that all challenges associated with pension fund administration are tackled.
In his remark, President, Association of Retired War-Affected Police Officers, Chief Matthew Udeh, the problem some of his members are facing started when the Police Pension Department paid them their benefits as though they retired in 1970 rather than 2000 when they were retired after being granted amnesty.