Governor Abubakar Sani Bello of Niger state

There are no records of pensioners of Niger State and this has made the payment of their entitlements a difficult task.

This was disclosed by Alhaji Usman Mohammed, the Director-General of the Niger State Pensions Board to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday.

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He said “there are no records; this has militated against a smooth take-off since I assumed office in 2016”.

According to Mohammed, the lack of records is much worse at ”local government pension units where there are no reference files”.

Moves have been made to combat this. According to the DG, a system where all the available files are numbered in conjunction with local government units has been designed and put in place.

The process has allowed the board catch cases of fraud as they have discovered over 50 recycled files that have been set aside for “special scrutiny”.

The going would, however, be slow as “the files we numbered were in thousands and that affected our speed,” he said.

He disclosed that Governor Abubakar Bello had mandated the Auditor-General to verify all payments to pensioners so as to ascertain the true figure the government would work with.

”When that report is submitted, a lot of weeding will be carried and that will ease our job,” he said.