Federal Government said it is re-strategising to ensure that it eliminates ghost military pensioners.
Consequently, another round of verification exercise would be conducted in conjunction with the Military Pensions Board from October 6, 2015 to October 20, 2015, according to the chairman, Military Pensions’ Board, AVM Muhammad Dabo.
He told a press conference in Abuja yesterday that the exercise would hold simultaneously across the country.
Dabo said the exercise would hold simultaneously across the country noting that elimination of ghost pensioners from the military payroll will save funds for the government.
He said the exercise would also give the pensioners access to the Defence Health Maintenance Limited to register for the National Health Insurance Scheme.
Nigerian Pilot Saturday learnt that the exercise, which should have been held annually, was being organised for the first time in three years deliberately to ensure effective pension administration in the military.
Further, Dabo said it feature photo geometry and fingerprints patters to help the board updates its database.
“The purpose of this year’s exercise is therefore to verify all existing pensioners on the current pay roll and update their records accordingly.
“Pensioners who may have died before this exercise will be dropped from the pay roll. The next-of-kin of such deceased pensioners are expected to come to the board to apply for the balance of bulk pension if the pensioner had not earned up to 60 months pension prior to his or her death.
“The exercise will enhance the elimination of fraudulent names otherwise known as ghost pensioners from the pay roll. It will further strengthen the credibility of our database and ensure that all ghost pensioners who had hitherto beaten the system are weeded out thereby leading to increased savings for the government.”

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