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The Association
of Cross River
State Local
Pensioners has
lost 28 members
from June, 2016
till date, due to
non-payment of
their pension
The Chairman of
the association,
Mr Okosin Bassey,
made the claim in
a statement he
issued in Calabar
on Wednesday.
He blamed the
development on
“the inefficiency
of the consultant
engaged by the
State Government
to verify the
pensioners with a
view to
eliminating ghost
Bassey explained
that the
verification which
was carried out
by Techvite
Consultants in
June 2016 was
misleading and
filled with
He described the
consultants as
young school
leavers, who had
no idea of
“The consultants
that were
employed to do
this job did not
settle down for
the work they
were hired to do.
“The consultants
would go to the
radio to announce
verification venue
and date when in
the actual sense,
they were not
ready for the
“As a result,
these elderly men
and women were
dragged from
their homes,
visiting locations
and hospitals to
the venue of the
exercise and
sometimes the
consultant would
not be there.
“Over 28 of our
members have
died within this
period through
man’s inhumanity
to man, arising
from non-
payment of seven
months pension
Bassey said that
the verification of
4,120 pensioners
claimed to have
been carried out
by the
consultants was
characterised by
faulty and
questionable data.
“During the
names were
injected into the
names of
pensioners. Some
pensioners were
paid between one
and two years in
“Over 600 out of
the 4,120 that
were verified
have their data
wrongly supplied
to the banks by
the consultants.
All these
irregularities are
affecting us so
“Also, the
consultants have
bluntly ignored to
include the names
of over 600
pensioners, who
were newly
retired between
the months of
June to December,
The chairman
stated that
members of the
association would
no longer attend
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