By; FUNMI OROYE ADERINTO, Kaduna
From January 1, 2017, the Kaduna State Government, led by Governor Nasir Ahmad el-Rufai, began operating the contributory pension scheme (CPS).
This state is also running the Defined Benefit Scheme (DBS) for workers who retired prior to the commencement of the contributory scheme.
The Special Adviser to the Governor on Media and Communication, Muyiwa Adekeye, said in a signed statement on Thursday 12, 2019 that, the State Bureau of Pension introduced the “I am Alive Scheme” to verify pensioners on the defined benefit scheme.
This removes the hassle usually occasioned by the arduous physical verification pensioners used to endure.
The I am Alive scheme requires every pensioner on DBS to verify their status once every three months by visiting designated bank branches and thumbprinting on a machine.
The Kaduna State Government is scheduled to commence the verification of 969 workers who retired between 1998 and 2016 for inclusion in the defined benefit scheme.
Most of the retirees invited for the verification exercise are from the local government service and they are expected to comply with the verification timetable. Retirees from MDAs are similarly expected on the dates indicated.
The exercise will start on Monday, 16th September 2019. The list of the concerned 969 workers is available on www.kdsg.gov.ng. Only persons listed or their next of kin are expected at the verification exercise.
Persons invited for the verification exercise must present all necessary documents, including the following:
1. Birth Certificate
2. Death Certificate (of deceased retiree)
3. Affidavit of Next of Kin
4. Valid Means of Identification (Voter’s Card, National ID card, among others)
5. Employment letter
6. Confirmation letter
7. Promotion letters
8. Affirmation letter of Retirement/ Death/ Resignation/ Withdrawal
9. Personnel Sub-head Number (PSN)
10. Bank details containing Bank name, Account Number, BVN verification slip from the bank and a recent statement of account
11. Passport photograph of self or next of kin
The timetable of the verification exercise is as follows:
SCHEDULE FOR VERIFICATION EXERCISE OF RETIREES AND DECEASED WORKERS UNDER THE DEFINED BENEFIT SCHEME
Monday 16th September,
Ikara, Kubau, Kudan, Kudan and Lere, Local Government Area held at State Pension Bureau.
Tuesday 17th September, 2019
Sabon Gari, Soba and Zaria, Local Government Area, held at State Pension Bureau.
Wednesday 18th September, 2019
Chikun and Giwa, Local Government Area, held at State Pension Bureau.
Thursday 19th September, 2019
Igabi and Kajuru, Local Government Area, held at State Pension Bureau.
Friday 20th September, 2019
Kaduna North and Kaduna South, Local Government Area, held at State Pension Bureau.
Monday 7th October, 2019
Jaba, Jema’a and Zangon Kataf, Local Government Area, held at State Pension Bureau.
Tuesday 8th October, 2019
Kauru and Kagarko, Local Government Area, held at State Pension Bureau.
Wednesday 9th October, 2019
Kaura, Kachia and Sanga, Local Government Area, held at State Pension Bureau.
Some of the concerned retirees are from MDAs such as the ministries of Finance, Education, Health, Agriculture, Works, KASUPDA and the State Judiciary. Therefore, a schedule to verify such persons has also been prepared as follows:
Thursday 10th October, 2019, All Concerned MDAs, held at State Pension Bureau.
Friday 11th October, 2019
All concerned MDAs, held at State Pension Bureau