Pension Arrears: Reps summon HoSF, AGF, others over non-payment

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Pension Arrears: Reps summon HoSF, AGF, others over non-payment

The House of Representatives has summoned the Head of Service of the Federation, Accountant-General of the Federation (AGF) over the non-payment of pension and gratuity to retired Federal Civil Servants for nine months.

According to NAN, others summoned to provide explanations for the delay include the Director-General of the National Pension Commission and the Executive Secretary of the Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate (PTAD).

This followed the adoption of a motion by Sergius Ogun, a lawmaker representing PDP-Edo during the plenary on Tuesday in Abuja.

Ogun noted that pensioners under the defined benefits scheme of PTAD were reportedly owed monthly pensions and gratuities for a cumulative period of nine months.

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He said he was disturbed by the claim that the failure of PTAD to pay pensioners under the defined benefits scheme for nine months was due to technological glitches.

Ogun said the failure of PTAD to pay pensioners their monthly pensions and gratuities based on technological glitches amounts to gross incompetence and ineffectiveness on the part of PTAD.

He stated that the claim by PTAD that the technological glitches which caused the pension and gratuities to be in arrears in the domain of the AGF and Government Integrated Financial Management System (GIFMIS), was unacceptable.

The House, therefore, urged PTAD to appear before the Committees on Pension and Public Service Matters and provide an explanation for the non-payment.

The House also mandated the Committees on Pension, Public Service Matters and Legislative Compliance to ensure compliance with this resolution and report back within four weeks for further legislative action.

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