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FG begins payment of ex-Airways workers this week

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Former employees of the defunct Nigeria Airways wait to be screened in Lagos yesterday. The federal government recently approved N45 billion for their severance package. Photo: Benedict Uwalaka

The federal government has allayed the concerns and fears raised on omitted and missing names in the ongoing verification exercise of the ex-staff of the liquidated Nigeria Airways Limited (NAL) saying their concerns will be addressed.

Consequently, the federal government has created help desks across the three centres where verifications are being done to attend to those concerns.

A statement from Mr Paul Ella Abechi, the Special Adviser, (Media & Communications), to the Minister of Finance, Mrs Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed said the minister gave the directive after inspecting the verification exercise in Kano, Enugu and Lagos.

The minister appealed to the pensioners to be patient and remain orderly adding that after the verification exercise, 50 percent payment of entitlements will be made in this first tranche by this week.

The Minister of Finance also promised that the account of those verified will be credited with their entitlements this week, adding that the exercise, which was meant today, has been extended by one week to attend to all qualified beneficiaries.

She said the verification exercise and payment of all entitlements of the pensioners was based on the recent directives and approval of President Muhammadu Buhari.

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