Over 13,000 Pensioners are in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, for the verification of retired Federal workers in the Southwest.
The retirees are expected to be captured by the Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate (PTAD).
They have been trooping to the International Conference Centre of the University of Ibadan (UI) and two other centres for the verification.
The Director of Pension Support Service at PTAD Mrs Olufunmilayo Onafowokan said the huge number of retired civil servants was being verified simultaneously under the defined benefit scheme in Ibadan and Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.
Addressing reporters in Ibadan yesterday, Mrs Onafowokan said the aim of the six-day verification was to ensure that qualified pensioners are enlisted in the pension scheme as soon as possible.
The PTAD director said those owed pension arrears would also be paid after the completion of the verification.
She said: “The aim of the exercise is to verify pensioners in Oyo and Ogun states so that pensioners on our data base will be put on payroll and be paid. This will be done after we have checked their documents and satisfied that they are genuine pensioners. Those who have arrears will be paid. There are three centres in Ibadan and two in Abeokuta.”
“We hope after the exercise, more than 13,000 pensioners would have been verified from the two states. We faced earlier challenge because of huge crowds. Apparently, the pensioners were not aware that the exercise would last six days. So, they came to the centres on the first day in large numbers. But the challenge of crowd control was well managed.”