By Etuka Sunday
The Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate (PTAD), has gotten a Presidential approval for the implementation of the pension adjustment, starting from May, 2021.
This was disclosed by the Executive Secretary, PTAD, Dr. Chioma Ejikeme at a Press Conference, Friday, 30 April 2021 in Abuja.
Dr. Ejikeme told newsmen that, “the Presidential approval for the implementation of the consequential adjustment to the pension benefits occasioned by the new minimum wage of 2019 has been granted and the circular released.”
She said, “with this approval, PTAD is now empowered to start the upward adjustment of all pensioners’ benefits according to the approved template.
“The consequential adjustment of the new pension payment will start from the May 2021 payroll. The arrears will take effect from April 2019. PTAD will also commence payment of the arrears from May 2021”, she disclosed.
The PTDA boss recalled that on the 22nd of April, 2021, she issued a Press Release to inform the general public of the sincerity of Mr.
President to implement the consequential adjustment on the pension benefits.
“I made it emphatically clear that the Nigeria Union of Pensioners (NUP) has no reason to go on any protest because the matter was at the conclusive stage.
“As a responsible Agency of government saddled with the mandate of overseeing the payment of pension benefits to pensioners under the Defined Benefit Scheme and taking care of their welfare, we are encouraged to do more for our pensioners. We will continue to strive to improve the quality of their lives”, she said.
She disclosed that all the Pensioners under the defined benefit scheme may be paid up to 12 months out of the 20 months arears, if the directorate has the capacity to pay that.
Dr. Ejikeme informed and cautioned senior citizens, that PTAD would not request for any gratification from ANYBODY before the money would be paid into their account.
“They should not give their account details to anybody. They should report any scammer or anyone requesting for gratification before their benefits would be paid to PTAD. I REPEAT, DO NOT GIVE MONEY TO ANYBODY.
“We have concluded arrangements to send SMS to all pensioners informing them of the payment and to caution them on the activities of pension scammers.
“We continue to appeal to pension Unions to continue to partner and cooperate with the Directorate in our bid to provide better services to our Senior Citizens. The labour of our heroes past shall not be in vain”, she said.