The Federal Government has taken the verification and payment of ex-workers of the defunct Nigeria Airways Limited (NAL) in Diaspora to London, United Kingdom (UK).
The two weeks exercise which will be conducted by an Inter-Ministerial Team begins on Monday, June 24, 2019, at the Nigerian High Commission Complex in London, UK.
Before ordering the payment of benefits to the affected ex-NAL workers, President Muhammadu Buhari, apologised for the over a decade neglect by previous administrations, he then gave the directive that the verification and payment exercise for the ex-staff in Diaspora be done in London to save them the cost and stress of traveling down to Nigeria.
The Inter-Ministerial Team will be coordinated by the Presidential Initiative on Continuous Audit (PICA) under the Federal Ministry of Finance, will comprise the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offenses Commission (ICPC), Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Auditor General Office, Accountant General Office, Federal Ministry of Finance, and others.
This was disclosed in a statement on Sunday by the Acting Director of PICA, Mr. John Waitono, who will be leading the team and will be representing the Permanent Secretary, Special Duties, Federal Ministry of Finance, Dr. Mohammad Kyari Dikwa during the exercise.
Federal Government approved the conduct of the exercise for those in Diaspora in London, England because of “the role the city of London played like the European Operational Office of the defunct NAL”.
“The essence of the exercise is to alleviate the hardship being experienced by ex-NAL workers for more than a decade while waiting for their benefits and to save them from the stress and financial burden of traveling to Nigeria for the exercise including other logistics that may be required for them to get their entitlements.”
It would be recalled that similar exercise had taken place in Kano, Lagos and Enugu centres to attend to the over 6, 000 ex-workers of NAL, following the approval of N22.6 billion by President Muhammadu Buhari, to pay their entitlements.
The Federal Government had paid the first 50 percent of the entitlements to the ex-workers who had completed their verification exercise in October 2018.