FG BEGINS BIOMETRIC REGISTRATION OF PENSIONERS

Filed in News by on June 17, 2010

FG begins biometric registration of pensioners
By Ifeanyi Onuba, Abuja
Thursday, 17 Jun 2010

As part of efforts aimed at tackling complaints associated with the nation‘s pension scheme, the Federal Government on Wednesday said that it would carry out a biometric registration of all pensioners in the country.

The two-week registration exercise, which is expected to commence from Monday, will help to checkmate the various challenges bedeviling the pension system in the federal civil service.

The move is coming on the heels of series of complaints by pensioners who have been unable to receive their monthly pensions as and when due.

Findings by our correspondent revealed that the problems had stemmed from the failure of some of the ministries, department and agencies to forward the particulars of retirees to the pension department for processing; as well as incomplete documentation on the part of retirees to process their entitlements.

Others include lack of reliable data from the MDAs, as well as delays in receiving same; banks‘ failure to credit pensioners‘ accounts in good time and the human element.

Addressing journalists in Abuja on the need to kick-start the registration process, the Head of Service of the Federation, Mr. Stephen Orosanye, noted that despite the statutory annual verification of pensioners, the problems had persisted.

In addressing the problems, Orosanye said the Office of the Civil Service of the Federation decided to build a biometric data base for the over 160,000 pensioners in order to support direct and regular payment of their monthly pensions.

He noted that the current exercise would also ensure an efficient and effective pension service that was ”prompt as well as promote trust and confidence in all stakeholders.”

He added, ”From June 21, to July 5, 2010, the biometric enrolment of pensioners will be carried out by officers of the OHSCF in collaboration with other stakeholders, including the National Union of Pensioners, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, and the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission in all states of the federation.”

”In effect, the verification and biometric enrolment of pensioners would enable the department to determine the accurate number of its pensioners, determine the accurate amount of monthly pension liability, build a database of pensioners information that would be used to facilitate as well as streamline the administration and direct payment of monthly pensions and create a technology platform for continuous verification of pensioners.”

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  1. Where will Federal Government pensioners who are residing outside Nigeria do their own biometric enrollment? What arrangement did the OHSCF make for them?

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