The dire need for digitization of pension records for improved standard
A call has been made for the digitization of the pensioners’ records in the Nasarawa state so as to solve the problem of missing of pensioners files and records, for the overall development of the country. This assertion was made by the Director-General Nasarawa state Pension Bureau, Alhaji Sani Abdullahi.
Alhaji Abdullahi made the call when members of the Nasarawa state House of Assembly Committee on Finance and Appropriation paid him a visited in the Bureau recently in Lafia.
The D-G stressed that the call has become necessary due to the advantages of electronic records over the manual system; hence the need for the digitization of pensioners’ records so as to improve on their standard of living in the state.
He commended them for the visit and asked for their synergy, in order to take the Bureau as well as improve on the lives of pensioners in the state, for the overall development of the country.
“As we are all aware that the Pension Bureau was established in order to take care of the welfare of the pensioners, who are the first-class citizens and the Bureau is also responsible for the payment of gratuity and pensions to the pensioners.
“I want to make it clearly, today, that the state government and Pension Bureau are doing their best to ensure prompt payment of pensions to the pensioners, but the problem of prompt payment to pensioners lies with themselves as most of them do not have pension bank accounts.
“We asked them to open an account so that we can easily transferr their money to them, but they want us to take their money to them physically, right to their villages. If we have all of their accounts, everything will be easy for us and they will also get their pensions on time.
“We have been on air all this while, encouraging each and every pensioner to open account for easy payment of their pension so that things will be easy for us and for the pensioners also,” he said.
He said the Pension Bureau is expected to digitize the pensioners’ records so as to avoid missing of pensioners’ records and information, in order to improve on their standard of living for the overall development of the country.
Abdullahi stated further that, electronic records have a lot of advantages over manual records, which include reduction in errors, no missing of pensioners’ information, reduced waste of time, among others.
He identified lack of office accommodation and lack of record maintenance, among others, as the major problems affecting the Pension Bureau, and called for a befitting office accommodation for optimal productivity.
The D-G reinstated the commitment of the Bureau to continue to key in to good policies and programmes, in order to better the standard of living of pensioners in the state.
Earlier, chairman of the Nasarawa state House of Assembly Committee on Finance and Appropriation, Mr. Amos Agya, said that the aim of the visit was to familiarize themselves with the management of the state Pension Bureau so as to move the Bureau forward.
He assured the Bureau management of the House’s readiness to assist them to tackle the challenges confronting the Bureau so as to better the lives of the pensioners in the state.