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5 sacked PTAD deputy directors to refund salaries



5 sacked PTAD deputy directors to refund salaries

The Pensions Transitional Arrangement Directorate (PTAD) has dismissed five deputy directors over alleged employment scam.

The sacked deputy directors were Godson Ukpevo, in charge of Civil Service Pension department; Uloma Uruakpa, Customs, Immigrations and Prisons Pension department; Taiwo Ogundipe, Parastatals Pension department; Atiku Saleh, Police Pension department; and Roz Ben-Okagbue, Pension Support Service department.

According to the Executive Secretary of PTAD, Sharon Ikeazor, the five directors were asked to go after it was discovered, following staff verification exercise, which started since 2014, that they breached established procedures prior to their employment.

Ikeazor further said that the dismissed officials may face prosecution and forced to refund all government monies they earned during their days of illegal service.

The Federal government established PTAD in August 2013 under the Pension Reforms Act of 2004 to replace the defunct pension offices of the police, paramilitary services, civil service and government agencies.

PTAD is in charge of the administration of pension for about 223,000 retirees who left Federal Government service on or before June 30, 2007.

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Public service regulation procedure entails that prospective employees into the service must meet the minimum entry qualification of not being below 18 years, or not more than 50 years of age on the date of first appointment, she disclosed.

She said that the verification exercise revealed that the sacked deputy directors at the time they were employed were already above the mandatory age limit of 50.

“Also, some of them were already retired from public service elsewhere,” she added.




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