Borno state government has saved about N400m in the ongoing pension verification exercise in the state.
State Head of Service, Mr Simon Malgwi made this known while briefing newsmen in Maiduguri.
Mr Malgwi noted that Governor Babagana Zulum who was worried by the situation, personally intervened and addressed almost all lingering pension issues in the state.
The Head of service pointed out that the exercise has uncovered massive pension fraud which include deliberate overstay in the service, cases of gross misconduct, improper replacement and over payment of pension among others.
“There also cases where next of kins of deceased persons do not report the death of pensioners to government and they will continue to the pension until the ATM Card expires and they become stranded. Next of kins are strongly advised to report to the pension office the death of a pensioner”.
Mr Simon Malgwi explained that government has put in place automatic system of migration from salary to pension to address fraudulent activities in the service.
According to him, a total of 552 pensioners who retired from June, 2016 to April, 2020 have been automatically enrolled into the new scheme.
The Head of Service who enjoined civil servants on the verge of retirement to process their retirement on time to avoid unnecessary delays also announced that government has commenced payment of May salary to enable Muslim faithful celebrate Sallah with less financial stress.