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RSG Commences Payment Of Retirees

The Rivers State Government has commenced payment of pension entitlements to retired civil servants who have completed their biometric exercise under the Contributory Pension Scheme.

Director General of the state pension Board, Mr. Samuel Ijeoma made this known while addressing the retirees at the Pension Board premises, State Secretariat, Port Harcourt, Tuesday.

Ijeoma said those who have account with Zenith Bank PLC have started receiving their payment and assured that everyone would be paid provided they have completed their biometric exercise.

He said that as a retiree, his joy will not be completed until each and every one of them get paid their entitlements, adding that the Contributory Pension Scheme that is causing the delay in payment is doing well in other states.

According to him, under the Contributory Pension Scheme, there will be no emergency retirees as every retiree would be identified on how much he contributed to the scheme monthly and eliminates corruption, assuring that when the Pension Board fully takes charge of the retirees issues, they would get their entitlements as at when due.

Ijeoma said 864 retirees who have completed their biometric are to receive their entitlement while modalities for refund of their contributions to the pension managers were being work out with interest paid to the contributors, and enjoined all to formalize the necessary requirements for the payment.

According to him, the Board will organize a pre-retirement seminar in order to enlighten future retirees on what to do after their retirement, pointing out that his office is open for complain from anybody concerning their entitlements.

Speaking with journalists during the meeting, the Coordinator and Spokesman of the retirees of Rivers State, Mr. Lucky Ati commended the state government for commencing the payment and appealed that those yet to be captured in the biometric exercise should be given a chance soon as well as the refund from the pension administrators.

Ati said although over 130 persons have died while waiting for their entitlements and some are paralyzed, hospitalized, and no longer command respect from their dependants, stressing that it is a good thing that government have started payment but only one month, with many some months arrears still pending.

The Rivers State Government has commenced payment of pension entitlements to retired civil servants who have completed their biometric exercise under the Contributory Pension Scheme.

Director General of the state pension Board, Mr. Samuel Ijeoma made this known while addressing the retirees at the Pension Board premises, State Secretariat, Port Harcourt, Tuesday.

Ijeoma said those who have account with Zenith Bank PLC have started receiving their payment and assured that everyone would be paid provided they have completed their biometric exercise.

He said that as a retiree, his joy will not be completed until each and every one of them get paid their entitlements, adding that the Contributory Pension Scheme that is causing the delay in payment is doing well in other states.

According to him, under the Contributory Pension Scheme, there will be no emergency retirees as every retiree would be identified on how much he contributed to the scheme monthly and eliminates corruption, assuring that when the Pension Board fully takes charge of the retirees issues, they would get their entitlements as at when due.

Ijeoma said 864 retirees who have completed their biometric are to receive their entitlement while modalities for refund of their contributions to the pension managers were being work out with interest paid to the contributors, and enjoined all to formalize the necessary requirements for the payment.

According to him, the Board will organize a pre-retirement seminar in order to enlighten future retirees on what to do after their retirement, pointing out that his office is open for complain from anybody concerning their entitlements.

Speaking with journalists during the meeting, the Coordinator and Spokesman of the retirees of Rivers State, Mr. Lucky Ati commended the state government for commencing the payment and appealed that those yet to be captured in the biometric exercise should be given a chance soon as well as the refund from the pension administrators.

Ati said although over 130 persons have died while waiting for their entitlements and some are paralyzed, hospitalized, and no longer command respect from their dependants, stressing that it is a good thing that government have started payment but only one month, with many some months arrears still pending.

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