Uzodinma laments high pension cost, pledges to eliminate ghost workers in Imo civil service

Uzodinma laments high pension cost, pledges to eliminate ghost workers in Imo civil service

Governor of Imo State, Hope Uzodinma, has lamented that some pensioners in the state were earning a whopping N330 million yearly as pension.

He vowed to publish the names of those involved soon.

Uzodinma further explained that he has set the groundwork for the integration of Imo pensioners into the National Contributory Pensions Scheme as a way of enhancing good governance.

The governor made this declaration during a meeting with the leadership of the Nigerian Union of Pensioners (NUP) in Owerri, on Saturday, July 4.

He said: “I’ll soon publish names of those who earn above N330m per annum as pension for Imo people to know.

“Government will no more make use of microfinance banks for payments of salaries and pensions; because they are no clearinghouse for BVN holders so that pensioners can be paid directly.”

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Uzodinma expressed delight that everything concerning pensions and salaries of Imo workers has been automated to make the day-to-day running of government easier.

The governor added that nobody would be able to defraud the government any longer after the biometric verification.

He reiterated his earlier stand that pensions and salaries were not negotiable; insisting that what brought the delay in payment was the discovery of overwhelming fraud, discrepancies, and irregularities; resulting from salary padding, over-bloated and double pensions among other sharp practices.

He said some pensioners were receiving monies above their retirement salaries; while others get outrageous monies that are not accounted for.

Uzodinma said that only primary and secondary school teachers; who have been verified and confirmed to be employees of government, will receive their salaries.

The governor advised those playing politics with pensions and salaries to desist from doing so; as his sole objective remained to dismantle the cabal that milk the state dry through the pensions and salaries.

“Government has decided to automate all payments to enable it migrate to the contributory pension’s scheme,” he stressed.

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