Federal Government assures prompt payment of pensions to retired military personnel

The Federal Government has assured retired military personnel of the prompt payment of their pensions and entitlements as part of efforts to boost the morale of officers and men of the military who are still in active service.

The development was revealed by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Defence, Aliyu Ismaila, at the flag-off of the Military Pensions Verification Exercise in Abuja.

While assessing their wellbeing, Ismaila noted that the government would continue to take care of all military pensioners and their next-of-kin, emphasising that the nationwide verification exercise would enable the Federal Government capture the accurate number of retired military personnel for the purpose of prompt payment of pensions.

The Chairman of the Military Pensions Board, Air Vice Marshal Muhammad Dabo, had earlier promised to commence bio-metric screening of military pensioners across 36 states of the federation to weed out ghost pensioners, adding that the exercise is being done in 41 centres across the federation and has been structured in such a way that men of similar ranks will do the exercise at the same time.



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