The federal government of Nigeria has official approved the release of N22.6 billion balance to pensioners of the defunct Nigeria Airways Limited.
Dr. Mohammed K. Dikwa, Permanent Secretary Special Duties in the ministry of finance, made this known while calming the restive pensioners who forced the minister to remain in her office to effect the payment of their entitlements.
“communication lapses between his office, the Presidential Initiative on Continuous Audit (PICA) and pensioners led to the embarrassment suffered by the minister and others caught in the pensioners protest.” Dikwa said
Though the verification and data capturing of the NAL pensioners was supposed to start by 10am and end by 2pm the exercise eventually started by 2pm after some touchy from the pensioners.
The pensioners were concerned that the late start of the data capturing exercise might lead to some of them not being captured on Wednesday meaning that some of them might spend another day in Abuja.
Chairman of Nigeria Union of Pensioners (NUP), Nigeria Airways branch, Comrade Sam Nzene who spoke with journalists, assumed that the consultant who was to conduct the screening disappeared claiming that his contract had not been regularised and that government was owing him. The exercise was however peaceful
Before handing over On Tuesday, Zainab Ahmed held two meetings first with directors and heads of parastatals under her ministry and later with her Special Advisers and Assistants where she thanked them for supporting her.