There are very few instances in life when one can feel sad and happy at the same time. The Germans have a word for it, it's called "schadenfreude" and this precisely how Pensioners in Imo State are feeling this morning.
Sad because they have to go through another burdensome process of a biometric verification exercise and happy because after months of waiting in vain for their monies to be paid, there may now be light at the end of the tunnel and their payouts could be just around the corner.
This is according to a recently released statement by Steve Osuji, Special Adviser to Governor Ihedioha, which reads as follows:
Following its decision to reform the state’s pension scheme, the Imo State Government hereby announces the commencement of biometric verification exercise for all pensioners in the State
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. The exercise shall be in three steps as follows: STEP 1 (July 22 – July 29): pre-field work data and pensioners files review. STEP 2 (July 29 – August 14): verification and biometric capture exercise in designated centres in the 27 LGAs STEP 3 (August 14 – August 20): commencement of payments in batches. TIME: 9.00 am – 4.00 pm. Monday to Friday.
• Please come with your identification documents required for verification, • There will be special centres for certain categories of pensioners, • Please look out for further announcements concerning the list of centres so that you may go to the one nearest to you.
His Excellency, Governor Emeka Ihedioha conveys his regrets about any inconvenience caused our retirees and senior citizens.
He seeks the understanding and cooperation of all concerned, pledging that this shall be the last of such verification exercise in Imo State.