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Verification: Otti Vows To Offset Pension Arrears By December

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The Governor of Abia State has restated his commitment to ensuring that all pension arrears owed pensioners in the state are cleared as soon as the ongoing verification exercise for pensioners is concluded.

Prince Okey Kanu who is the state Commissioner for Information and Culture, made this known on Tuesday while briefing journalists on the outcome of this week’s Executive Council meeting presided over by Governor Alex Otti.

Prince Kanu recalled that Governor Otti had at some point during the electioneering campaign promised to clear all outstanding arrears owed pensioners by the previous administration, and assured that the present administration would do the needful before the end of the year.

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‘Let me reiterate the government’s position to pay off all outstanding pensions once the verification exercise is done. It is a promise that was made during the campaigns and since this government came on board, it is a promise that will be kept. Before the end of the year, all outstanding pensions will be paid as soon as the verification exercise is concluded’.

Prince Kanu lauded the efficient manner the pensioners’ verification process is being conducted in the state and expressed optimism that the smooth progress of the exercise might lead to its conclusion by the next week, add that the exercise has garnered widespread commendation throughout the state for its exceptional execution, adding that pensioners are delighted with the unprecedented care shown during the process.

He said that the verification team extended their services to the homes of elderly pensioners who could not travel, those who were unable to attend in person were guided to utilize the Sub-Treasury while those residing far from the verification centers were provided with online codes, ensuring access to the verification process.

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