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Anambra extends verification exercise of retirees

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IN CONTINUATION of it’s efforts to sanitise the state’s workforce, Anambra Government has extended the  ongoing verification exercise of retired primary school teachers in Idemili South Local Government Area.

The state government commenced verification of all civil servants with a view to identifying ghost workers so as to ensure proper management of its wage bill.

In a speech, leader of the verification team from the Joint Accounts Allocation Committee (JAAC), Mr Emeka Chukwukelu said they simplified the verification process.

“The verification exercise has been going on smoothly and less stressful for our senior citizens.

“They were told to come with Pensioner’s Identification Authority, three months bank statement of accounts and a passport photograph.

“We have not recorded any casualty or any emergencies that may require ambulance service. The pensioners turned out en masse because this is the day allotted to them,” Chukwukelu said.

A pensioner, Mr Augustine Obi, thanked the facilitators for organising the exercise orderly, saying that they were called out and attended to in alphabetical order.

“The verification is going on well. They call out our surnames from A to U in batches.

“If there is any omission from their computer system they refer you to Awka,” Obi said.

Another pensioner, Mrs Maureen Nwobi, described Gov Willie Obiano as a selfless leader, who was after welfare of the masses and commended him for prompt payment of pensions.

“The verification is to know whether we are alive, whether we are the same people in the central computer system. After the verification, you are issued your August pension cheque.

We thank Obiano, the ‘alert governor’. It will be well with him because he treats us well. He doesn’t eat alone,” Nwobi said

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