From Umar Dankano, Yola.
The Adamawa State House of Assembly’s Deputy Chief Whip and member representing Guyuk constituency,Honourable Adwawa Dangluck has said that about 800 ghost pensioners have been discovered in the second day of pensioner’s verification exercise in Adamawa State.
Dangluck who is also the chairman House Committee on Public Service and Election gave the hint in Yola yesterday during a visit to Ribadu Square, venue of the verification exercise to ascertain the level of progress achieved and challenges being encountered.
He noted that the major problem encountered on the first day was shortage of staff to conduct the exercise adding after communicating with the permanent secretary, the issue was resolved.
Dangluck who said his committee is in charge of pensioners welfare, noted that the ghost workers will be expunged from the list so that genuine ones who are not getting their benefits will be covered.
“We have too many ghost pensioners some are dead and some cannot physically come to be verified.
“ So far, between 700 to 800 ghost pensioners have been detected. We will take action so that there will be consistency in payment of genuine pensioners.
“Some pensioners are not getting their entitlements because of these ghost pensioners. Their names will be expunged from the list for genuine pensioners to benefit,” he said.
Commenting on the exercise, chairman of Nigerian Union of Pensioners, Adamawa State chapter, Samson Almuru noted that pensioners plight have over the years multiplied as a result of the lacklustre attitude with which past administrations in the state treat their welfare.
He however, thanked the Fintiri led administration for championing their cause.
“We are grateful to Fintiri for addressing some of the challenges we have faced for years. He promised to address our concerns and he is doing just that,” Almuru said.
Almuru noted that currently there are about 20,000 pensioners in the state adding that with the verification exercise, ghost pensioners will be weed out, noting that already the names of those who are not physically present without tangible evidence will be regarded as ghost workers.
Some of the pensioners interviewed however expressed reservations over the slow phase of the exercise.
A pensioner from Madagali, Buba Lassa Kwanaiza said the exercise did not kick start on Monday as promised as a result of which they spent the hold day doing nothing.
He added that despite commencing on the second day, the exercise is still going at a slow phase adding that only God knows when they will be verified.
Another pensioner, Mary Garkida also corroborated Kwanaiza’s concerns saying that the exercise was extremely tardy and may take days to complete.