Gombe State government has constituted two committees to spearhead the biometric data capture of its pensioners and those still in active service in order to facilitate converting from cash flow to contributory pension scheme arrangement.
Speaking briefly after the exercise, Gombe state Head of Service, Alhaji Ahmed Usman said the exercise would accord the state government the ability to ascertain the actual number of its workers and pensioners to ensure smooth running of the scheme.
He said the committees also have the task of establishing a correct database of pensioners at local and state government level as well as, confirm the actual liabilities of their gratuities while eliminating ghost representation from the system.
Usman further said that the committees would ensure a physical appearance of each life retiree with outstanding retirement benefits and next of kin of deceased retirees as well as undertake thorough verification of all retirees with outstanding retirement benefits.
He said the exercise was necessitated by the need to adopt the best practice of pension scheme that would determine the actual liability and reduce unnecessary burden on the state.
Saying the exercise would also lead to reduced accumulated gratuities and enable the government commence payment of authenticated gratuities within the limits of its available resources.
The Head of Civil Service said the members of both committees were carefully selected based on their past track records and outstanding performance.
Responding on behalf of the committees, Dr Garba Mohammed Bajoga expressed readiness and commitment of the committees to effectively discharge the responsibilities entrusted to them and within the period given for the exercise.

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