You may recall that President Muhammadu Buhari earlier this month approved 22.6 billion naira to offset the pension arrears of defunct Nigeria Airways workers.

But it may interest you to know that the pensioners have yet to start receiving the payment.

This is because the Presidential Initiative on Continuous Audit, PICA has said that payment of the approved sum has been suspended due to multiple verifications by some of the beneficiaries.

Mr John Waitono, Deputy Director, PICA, made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Monday in Lagos.

NAN reports that the verification exercise for the ex-workers of the former national carrier took place from October 15 to October 28 across three centres in Lagos, Kano and Enugu.

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Waitono said PICA had planned to start the payment of already verified pensioners in batches of 1,000 but had to halt the disbursement after it was discovered that some of the beneficiaries were verified in more than one location.

He said: “What happened was that the first batch was to commence payment but when we went through the system, we discovered that some persons have done the same exercise in Enugu and Lagos or Kano and Lagos.

“We now started sorting them out and that is what delayed the first batch. So, now we have collated all the information in one place from the three centres. The system is now sieving out those with multiple verifications.

“One of such persons, whom I am aware of, said he did not trust the verification he did in Kano and that was why he did another one in Lagos.”

According to him, PICA is being careful not to make the mistake of paying some of the beneficiaries more than once.

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