Zulum supervises pensioners’ biometric data capture exercise, orders immediate payment of those cleared

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Borno State Governor Babagana Umara Zulum

From SADIQ ABUBAKAR, Maiduguri

Governor of Borno State, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum, has  paid an unscheduled visit to the   Musa Usman State  Secretariat Maiduguri to personally supervise the physical verification exercise of pensioners whose biometric data  were not either verified or captured

Speaking shortly after the exercise Zulum said “Borno State Government will ensure that all genuine pensioners were verified, captured and subsequently paid while  those who were found to be ghost pensioners  will be flushed out.”

Throughout the day, the governor was  in the state Secretariat to ensure all the genuine pensioners were  verified and captured by the Biometric Data Committee screening the pensioners

Some of  pensioners interviewed expressed confidence  that with the presence of the governor  at the venue which gave them  the hope that the long  awaited verification exercise  will yield  positive result.

It could be recalled that the pensioners had recently  made a peaceful demonstration and matched to the Government  House in January this year where Governor Zulum promised to find a solution into their plight as soon as possible.

It was also gathered that the state pensioners  have been facing  lot of challenges with the said Verification exercise  which started in the past 8 years.

A  retired civil servant who spoke to  our Correspondent  in anonymity  disclosed  that his children were dropped out of  school due to school fees.

He further lamented that he cannot even pay for his medical bills at the public hospital.

Other pensioners the spoke to newsmen in anonymity urged the governor to check the ongoing biometric date exercise  properly and from time to time to ensure transparency and accountability in the whole process

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