Zainab Ahmed, Minister of Finance, has directed the extension of the ongoing verification and payment of former workers of the defunct Nigeria Airways and assured that the exercise would continue until everybody who is eligible has been attended to.
The exercise had been arranged to last for just one week. Zainab Ahmed said that additional desks had been made available to address all complaints. This is communicated in a statement by her Special Adviser on Media and Communications, Paul Abechi, who was represented by the secretary, Presidential Initiative on Continuous Audit (PICA), Dr. Mohammed Dikwa, the minister appealed to all participants to be patient with the officials.
“We are here on behalf of the honourable minister of finance, Hajia Zainab Ahmed, based on the directive of President Muhammadu Buhari, to release the entitlements of ex-workers of Nigeria Airways Limited (liquidation). We are very much aware at the federal level of the suffering you have undergone over the years. It is as a result of this that Mr. President forced the honourable minister to immediately release funds for the ex-workers of the Nigerians Airways.
“Let me inform you that the verification exercise will continue until such a time that each and every one that is entitled is captured. I want you to be patient and orderly, so that you get verified and get your entitlements latest by next week.
“For many of you who were omitted, we will address it squarely and make sure that all those who are entitled and admitted are verified and paid their entitlements. On this note, we are going to dedicate additional desk for you to go and lay your complaints, put down your details, and as soon as the team reports back to Abuja next week, we will address the matter with dispatch.
“And for those who are deceased and are also omitted, be assured that your entitlements will be paid. We are going to look into the records and be sure that you are entitled, and once that is ascertained, you will be paid.”