The Military Pensions Board (MPB) has promised to sustain prioritizing
the welfare needs of all military pensioners in the country. This was
disclosed yesterday, 18 November 2020, by the Chairman of the Board,
Commodore Abayomi Lawal, when he played host to the National Executives
of the Nigerian Legion in his office in Abuja where he was decorated
with the 2021-Armed Forces Remembrance Day emblem.
He assured that the Board will continue to prioritize prompt payment of
monthly pensions as government continues to release funds on time.
According to him, “money for pensions are released monthly and once we
receive the money, we will ensure prompt payment before the end of every
month”. He added that the Board would continue to liaise with relevant
government agencies to ensure that the new minimum wage is reflected in
the pensions of all military retirees as soon as possible.
Speaking further, Commodore Lawal also noted that the Board will soon
commence electronic verification of military pensioners in Nigeria and
in the diaspora. He assured retirees that all arrangements for the
verification has been completed and the Board will announce a date for
the commencement of the exercise as soon as the process is approved by
the Defence Headquarters.
The Chairman explained further that under the proposed electronic
verification, pensioners will not go through the ordeal of travelling
from their respective villages or communities to state capitals. “They
will only have to visit any of the accredited banks with their BVN and
be screened”, he added.
Earlier, the Chairman of the Nigerian Legion, Brigadier General Adakole
Jones Akpa (rtd), lauded the Board for the new innovations introduced in
the payment of pensions of retired Military men, adding that the era of
collapsing while waiting to be paid is gone for good. He therefore
charged the Board to sustain the feat and ensure that the welfare of the
retired Military men remain a priority.
In his words, “we have observed that Military retirees are paid as at
when due, the era when retired military men die or collapse while
waiting to be paid is gone. I want to commend the Military Pension Board
for doing a great job”.