NAMA denies shortchanging pensioners

Fola Akinkuotu, Managing Director, NAMA

The Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) has denied the claims that it shortchanges its pensioners in their monthly pension payment.

NAMA said that the claims by some officials of the Airspace Management Pensioners Association of Nigeria (AMPAN) could not be unsubstantiated.

NAMA made a reference to a social media post by Mr. Kester Omotayo that accused NAMA of operating two pension structures, perhaps to deliberately cover-up or attempt to cover up some sharp practices and that NAMA had turned the request of pensioners for dialogue on the issue.

‘’The agency makes bold to say that the above allegations are completely spurious and borne out of either malice, ignorance, or both,’’ said NAMA.

Putting the records straight, NAMA said it had received a correspondence from the pensioners whereby they alleged irregularities in the payment of their entitlements owing to disparity with those of other agencies in the sector.

‘’Consequently, the agency set up a committee (with membership comprising pensioners themselves) to investigate and come up with findings. NAMA does not and will not for any reason, operate two pension accounts. It is an impossibility given the existing Treasury Single Account (TSA) platform in operation.

‘’ As it stands today, the panel is still sitting and is yet to come up with its findings.  NAMA is up-to-date in its obligation to pensioners as they have received their November remunerations as of 26th of November, 2020.

‘’NAMA is therefore startled and disenchanted to hear that some officials of the organization have decided to run to the press on a matter that is still being investigated.

‘’We make bold therefore to say that the agency runs on a transparent platform with zero tolerance for corruption, even as it is poised to protect and promote the interests of its senior citizens at all times,’’ said NAMA.

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