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Edo commences screening of 900 pensioners 

The Edo State Pension Bureau on Wednesday commenced the screening of 900 pensioners who retired from service from 2014 and 2015.

Speaking to journalists on the State Pension Bureau Office in Benin City, the consultant of the Permanent Secretary/Chairman of Edo State Pension Bureau and Director of Computation/Secretary of the Bureau, Mr Ambrose Akhato, mentioned the train is geared toward clearing the backlog owed by earlier administrations.

The Chairman of the Bureau mentioned, “The screening train has introduced smiles to the faces of pensioners. The pensioners ought to use this golden alternative to make themselves out there for the screening train.

“Two years ago, in June 2022, we explained to Mr. Governor the need to screen those pensioners who retired from the service from 1996 to 2013 and were yet to be paid their gratuity and His Excellency magnanimously approved the conduct of the screening exercise. They were screened and we have been paying them all this while.

“We are coming to the close of the payment of those in that group. That is the reason for this screening so that sequential arrangement of payment of gratuity in Edo State will continue.”

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He added, “We wrote to His Excellency on the necessity additionally to approve the screening of the 2014 and 2015 pensioners for many who retired in these two years and he additionally permitted that they be screened. We began paying them once we have been by with the fee of the earlier ones.

“This screening started on Monday 1st, July 2024. It is going to end on the 12th of July 2024. We are going to have screening via Skype as well, from the 8th of July 2024 and end on the 19th of July 2024 for those who are living outside the country. For those who are living outside Edo State and for those who are living outside Benin City that may not be able to come for the Physical screening or even those who are within the City who can’t come to the venue because of health challenges, they will also be screened through Skype.”

The chairman additional famous, “For those who are late, we can’t pay them directly anymore. Their issues will be termed as death benefits. When we are through with the money available to pay them, we will send it to the State Ministry of Justice, that is where their next-of-kin will be screened and paid.”

“The Bureau is expected to screen 900 pensioners within two weeks, while over 286 pensioners have been screened so far.”

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