Kwara government suspends pension payments to 6,437 pensioners

The Kwara state government said it had temporarily suspended payment of monthly salary pension to 6,437 state pensioners from July 2022 following their failure to complete an organized verification exercise to state pensioners.

The government, in a press statement titled “Kwara State Government Receives Interim Report on Pensioners Verification”, issued Saturday in Ilorin, said pensioners had not submitted their documents to a committee of selection made up for the exercise.

In the statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary of the State Service Chief’s Office, Murtala Atoyebi, the government said that out of a total of 16,368 pensioners in the state, only 9,931 pensioners have been vetted by the committee.

He said: “Kwara State Government has received an interim report on the state pensioner verification exercise.

“The state government engaged a financial consortium in December last year to carry out an audit exercise on state pensioners due to the precarious challenges that hamper the smooth payment of pensioner entitlements.

“The interim report submitted by the company indicated that a total of 16,368 retirees were processed for screening, of which only 9,931 were verified as valid.”

He added, “A total of 6,437 retirees did not participate in the verification exercise which was conducted in the 16 local government areas of the state to ease the burden on the elderly.

“As a result, the government has directed the Office of the State Accountant General to immediately suspend payment to affected pensioners effective this month (July) until they are discharged.

“The government has advised anyone who has discrepancies in their documents to settle them immediately with the consultant, while those who do not show up for the verification exercise should go to the Ilorin Staff Development College. for screening beginning Monday, August 1, 2022,” the statement read.

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Elaine R. Knight