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House summons HOS,AGF over non-payment of pension

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

Others summoned include; the Director-General of the National Pension Commission and the Executive Secretary of the Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate (PTAD) to provide explanation.

This followed the adoption of a motion by a member from Edo state Mr Sergius Ogun during plenary.

Mr 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.

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

Adopting the motion, the House therefore directed PTAD to appear before the Committees on Pension and Public Service Matters and provide explanation.

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.

Reporting by Ibrahim Shehu, editing by Daniel Adejo