The Presidential Initiative on Continuous Audit (PICA) yesterday said the payment of the accepted N22. 6 billion rights to ex-workers of the obsolete Nigeria Airways Ltd, was stopped due to multiple verification by some of the recipients.
Its Deputy Director, Mr. John Waitono stated this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.
The verification exercise for the ex-workers took place between October 15 and 28 across three centres in Lagos, Kano and Enugu.
PICA had deliberate to start the payment of already confirmed pensioners in batches of 1,000 according to Waitono.
He further said: “What happened was that the first batch was to commence payment but when we went through the system, we discovered that some persons have done the same exercise in Enugu and Lagos”.
“We now started sorting them out and that is what delayed the first batch.
So, now we have collated all the information in one place from the three centres.
The system is now separating those with multiple verification.
According to him, PICA is being careful not to make the mistake of paying some of the beneficiaries more than once.
“Over 5,000 persons were verified and once we eliminate the multiple verification, everybody will be paid before the end of the week,” he said.
Waitono also revealed that the equipment had been sent back to Abuja.
The few cases we left behind were those still processing their letters of administration in court.
The government has also assured to pay the other half of the money to them as soon as funds are available.