Determined to improve the welfare of retired military officers who have served their fatherland meritoriously, the Military Pension Board, MPB, has commenced payment of 33 percent pension arrears to all eligible retirees on quarterly basis.
Chairman of the Board, Air Vice Marshal M. R Dabo, who disclosed this to newsmen in Abuja at the weekend, said besides the payment of the 33 percent pension arrears which started from the first quarter of 2015, pensioners now enjoy prompt and uninterrupted payment of their monthly pension.
Air Vice Marshal Dabo further hinted of the plan by his board to commence what he called ‘end-to-end online’ payment solution platform, which will give more comfort to military pensioners in getting their pensions without hitches, assuring that, “The platform will enable the Board to have more control over the entire payment process thereby guaranteeing the Board’s commitment to serve pensioners better.
“This innovation in the military pension board prompted the organization to embark on an exercise of recapturing all retirees in the Nigerian military who turned out en masse, and this got the attention of President Muhammadu Buhari who was impressed about the ongoing recapturing of retirees,” Dabo explained.
He said the exercise, which had the full encouragement and backing of Mr. President, enabled the Board to fish out ghost pensioners.
The chairman noted that the issue of pension and welfare of retirees has drawn the attention of government and individuals, who out of genuine concern, are interested to know if truly government has been responding to the critical needs of its senior citizens, adding that this genuine concern has prompted the military pension board to key into new ways of addressing the bugging problems associated with identity of retirees and that of next-of-kin of the deceased.
He assured Nigerians, particularly military pensioners, that better days are ahead, particularly now that the All Progressives Congress, APC, government under President Buhari is committed to doing things right.

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