FG begins settlement of N22.6bn to ex-Nigeria Airways workers

Minister of Finance, Mrs Zainab Ahmed

Federal Government will on Monday, the 15th of October 2018 flag off the final verification and payment of entitlements to all former workers of the defunct Nigeria Airways

According to a statement by Mr Paul Ella Abechi, the new special adviser on Media and Communications to the Finance Minister, Mrs Zainab Ahmed, the payment exercise is to last one week simultaneously across three locations namely: Lagos, Kano and Enugu

It would be recalled that the federal government had approved N22.68 billion for the ex-workers of the the defunct national carrier.

According to him, in Lagos Centre, the exercise will take place at Sky-Power Catering, Ikaja, Lagos, while it will hold at ABC (former Nigeria Airways Office), Bank Road, Kano, for the Kano Centre. The venue for Enugu Centre is Villa Toscana Hotel, No 1 Aguleri Street, Independent Layout, Enugu. The exercise will take place from Monday, October 15 to Monday, October 22, 2018 across the centers except in Enugu where it will end on Thursday, October 18, 2018.

The statement further revealed that, “beneficiaries are expected to come along with the following documents to the centres: Letter of Appointment, Letter of confirmation, letter of last promotion, letter of retirement, NAL identity card, other means of identification (National ID Card, International Passport, Driver’s License, etc), particulars of bank account: A cheque slip or statement of bank account, Letter of Administration to be presented by Next-of-Kin (NOKs) in the case of deceased beneficiaries.

“That beneficiaries will be subjected to biometric Data Capture; that beneficiaries should come along with copies of documents listed above for submission to the Verification Committee; That the beneficiaries are to be captured in an orderly manner hence, notice will be placed at the venue and specific date for capturing of each beneficiary will be indicated.”

Speaking in Abuja penultimate week at meeting with the ex-workers after resumption, the Finance Minister said: “Upon my resumption of office as the Minister of Finance, some pending fiscal issues in the aviation and education sectors were immediately brought to my attention.

“As such, I took it as a challenge to quickly address key issues regarding the settlement of existing claims in both of these sectors. Consequent upon this, I am happy to inform you that Mr. President has graciously approved the sum of N22.68 billion and N20 billion to aviation and education sectors respectively,” she said.

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