By Our Reporter
A ray of hope has appeared on the horizon for pensioners in Imo State with the commencement of the verification exercise on Wednesday in various local government areas of the state.
One of the pensioners at Nworieubi, headquarters of Mbaitoli Local Government Area expressed satisfaction at the organization of the exercise.
The lady pensioner, who retired as a school principal, said that the pensioners noticed a wide difference from what had obtained in the past eight years when they were made to suffer during Okorocha’s unorganized verification exercise that led to the death of some pensioners waiting to be attended to.
Earlier, the State Commissioner for Public Utilities, Rt. Hon. Chuma Nnaji, had disclosed that the government had advanced plans to pay jumbo pensions this September.
The Commissioner, who spoke at the 2019women August Meeting in Njaba LGA, his home, said that the pensioner’s problems would soon be a thing of the past with the recent biometric data capturing system being applied.
He commended the state Head of Service for playing major roles in blocking fraudulent loopholes and in ensuring the actual statistics of the pensioners are obtained.
The Commissioner also gave Kudos to the new administration for providing a road map of water policy which he described as the first of its kind since the creation of the Eastern Heartland state in 1976.
Nnaji pointed out that the water policy will enable the state to enjoy collaborations with foreign investors while noting the milestone achievement so far of the state administration as opening the single Treasury Account System (TSA).
He lampooned the immediate past Rescue Mission administration for not maximizing the potentials of professionals in the Ministry that occasioned inheriting rots and decays in all the various departments.
Nnaji who was one time Deputy Speaker, Imo State House of Assembly further showered praises to Imo first Lady for her dexterity in handling women as well as empowering them noting the Re-building Imo administrative mantra as being highly gender friendly.