Video: FG approves e-verification for military pensioners
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Video: FG approves e-verification for military pensioners

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The Federal Government has approved an electronic verification system for military pensioners to ensure sanity in pension administration.

The chairman of the Military Pensions Board (MPB), AVM Paul Irumheson, announced the approval at a news briefing in Abuja.

TheNewsZenith reports that Irumheson said the exercise will begin on Monday, July 1, adding that it will last three months.

He said the initiative aimed to sanitise the military pension administration and eliminate cases of impersonation.

The Board, according to the chairman, adopted an e-verification system to reduce the risk of travelling from one place to another.

It will also lessen the cost of transportation owing to their old age.

“You may recall that on Feb. 15, I briefed the press about the board`s intention to move from physical verification to electronic verification for our military retirees.

“The reasons include travelling security risk and the old age of some of our pensioners.

“There is also a high cost of transportation, particularly for those staying abroad,” Irumheson said.

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He noted that the board had successfully conducted a pilot test from Feb. 15 to March 1. He added that only 15 of the 2,000 pensioners verified, failed the process.

The chairman said the little observations noticed had been used to improve the system.

Irumheson explained that the Minister of State for Defence, Dr Bello Matawalle and the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Christopher Musa, have approved the commencement of the verification for the esteemed pensioners.

He assured the board would carry out sufficient public awareness to enable pensioners to navigate the system with ease.

The chairman called on military pensioners to take advantage of the e-verification exercise.

He warned that those who failed to verify would cease to receive their pensions.

“I hereby declare the Electronic Verification Exercise officially open on a full scale for all our retired pensioners. The exercise will last for three months, from July 1 to Sept. 30.

“Those that fail to take part in the verification exercise will not get their pensions going forward,” he warned.,%20I’

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