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Ex-Biafran Police pension arrears payment attracts criticism in north

by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna

A retired civil servant of northern extraction has complained bitterly against the Executive Secretary of Pension Transition Arrangement Directorate (PTAD), Dr. Chioma Ejikeme, of “selective payment” of pension arrears.

The retiree, Mal. Mohammed Garba, has alleged that the PTAD Executive Secretary paid ex-Biafran Police their pension arrears to the detriment of his counterparts from northern region. 

Mr. Garba, who is a retiree of Kaduna Polytechnic, said that ex-Biafran Police were paid their pension arrears under the administration of Dr. Chioma Ejikeme of Southern extraction against others owed up to 15 years arrears.

The pension arrears ‘victim,’ who is into media consultancy, in a release dated 17th October, 2022, in Kaduna, explained that people from other regions, who have pension arrears with PTAD have not been paid their money for up to fifteen years.

The release, titled, ‘Pension Transition Arrangement Directorate (PTAD), Misunderstood policy Interpreted as Biafra skewed,’ is holding the ES responsible for the nonpayment of their arrears.

“Former Biafran Police were paid their pension arrears under the leadership of the Executive Secretary of PTAD (a Public Official of Igbo extraction from Southeast Nigeria and stronghold of Biafra sympathizers).  

“People from other regions, who have pension arrears, were not paid for up to fifteen years and tongues are wagging; and it is for this reason that I am writing for the attention of your media establishment to help us disabuse the minds of Nigerians of PTAD Biafra policy at the detriment of other Nigerians.  

“As a pensioner and also a responsible Nigerian, I think PTAD should move fast and pay our arrears so that the Billions stolen by former Accountant-General of the Federation, who was accused of stealing, will not rub off on the Executive Secretary. 

“The PTAD Boss had long promised last year that she will ensure the payment of all arrears in the first quarter of this year 2022; yet, nothing happened and already we are in the last quarter of the year 2022.

“It appears, from the Executive Secretary’s body language, not even 2023 first quarter is certain as the political atmosphere may be used to overshadow the payment issue and, God forbid, a scheme to use our money to help some politicians that may help extend her tenure after all not be unthinkable. 

“It is my hope that your editorial social responsibility spirit and positive externalities-driven judgment will be brought to bear in calling the PTAD boss to order.

“Presently, I (Mohammed Garba) am engaged in media consulting as a media content development service provider,” Mohammed Garba said.

All efforts to get the ES to clarify the allegations proved abortive, as her aide contacted refused to discuss when called.

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