Akwa Ibom State government says, henceforth, pension and gratuity will only be paid to pensioners who have their Bank Verification Numbers, BVN and have submitted same.
The Commissioner for Information and Communications, Mr. Aniekan Umanah, who spoke with reporters, said this was part of the decisions taken at the State Executive Council meeting in Uyo, where the Governor-in-Council, Mr. Udom Emmanuel presided. According to him, “all eligible pensioners are required to submit their BVN at their various sub-treasury offices, latest by Monday October 26, to guarantee the payment of their entitlements.”
Mr. Umanah said EXCO, in reaching the decision, took cognizance of the fact that the BVN registration exercise was due to end on October 30, 2015, hence the need to have all pensioners registered before the deadline, in order to avoid untoward consequences. He also disclosed that the Ministry of Youth and Sports was directed by Council, to ensure that a good number of Corps members serving in Akwa Ibom are posted to schools across the State, for proper utilization and effective integration with the people.
In the same vein, the Commissioner said “Council, in acknowledging the provision of computers to 43 schools across the state, directed the Ministry of Education to develop new strategies that would encourage reading and promote book culture among the people. The Governor-in-Council, according to the Commissioner, thanked Council members for their contributions and remarked that the meeting, which served as a quarterly review of the administration, was part of efforts geared towards oiling the wheel of governance.
The Information helmsman mentioned that Governor Udom Emmanuel “tasked Council members to engage in strategic thinking and creativity for optimal success in their assigned responsibilities.” At the meeting, Mr. Umanah disclosed that every Ministry made presentation on achievements so far recorded, as well as targets set for the next quarter.