Retired staffs and their next of kin of the defunct Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) turned out in mass for the final verification of this category of persons, commenced on Monday, October 3, 2016, at the three centres of Lagos, Kaduna and Benin.
A team from the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE), Office of the Accountant General of the Federation (OAGF), Nigerian Electricity Liability Management Limited (NELMCO), and National Pension Commission who are conducting the exercise at the three Centres reported the impressive turn out which was devoid of hitches and security challenges.
At the National Power Training Institute of Nigeria (NAPTIN), 67, Adelabu Street, Akangba, Surelure, venue for the Lagos centre, those to be verified turned up as early as 8:30am and after being addressed by the Leader of the verification team, Mr. Mohmud Adam, of the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation.
The exercise started immediately with the team members assisting those who had issues filling their claims. At the end of the first day of the exercise by 5pm, over 40 persons had been attended to.
At the Benin Centre where the exercise is holding at the Bishop Kelly Pastoral Centre, 30, Airport Road, those to be verified turned up as early as 8am.
Mrs Martina Omojola, leader of the team from BPE, in her address, reminded them that it was the final exercise and meant for only those who had not been paid their retirement and pension benefits.
She read out the requirements to them and by 8:45am, the exercise started with the assistance of security personnel and other supporting staff. Over 20 people were screened on the first day.
Also at the Kaduna Electric Head Office, the venue for the Kaduna Centre, the exercise was reported to be peaceful and without hitches.
The exercise will run at the three Centres from Monday to Friday this week. The next phase will start on Monday, October 10 to October 14, 2016, in Port-Harcourt and Bauchi while the last phase would be from October 19 – October 21, 2016, at Merit House, Abuja.
One Thousand, Six-Hundred and Thirty (1,630) persons are expected to be verified at the Six Centres after the exercise. Out of the number 823 are with Biometrics while 807 are in the database.