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-week exercise, which will be conducted by an inter-ministerial team, begins today, Monday, June 24, 2019, at the Nigerian High Commission Complex in London, United Kingdom (UK), according to the Presidential Initiative on Continuous Audit (PICA) Office in Abuja yesterday.
The inter-ministerial team, which will be co-ordinated by the (PICA) under the Federal Ministry of Finance, will comprise the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC), Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Auditor-General Office, Accountant-General Office, Federal Ministry of Finance and others.
According to the Acting Director of PICA, Mr. John Waitono, who will be leading the team and representing the Permanent Secretary, Special Duties, Federal Ministry of Finance, Dr. Mohammad Kyari Dikwa, the Federal Government approved the conduct of the exercise for those in Diaspora in London, England, due to the role the city of London played as the European Operational Office of the defunct NAL.
The essence of the exercise is to alleviate the hardship being experienced for more than a decade while waiting for the benefits and to save them from the stress and financial burden of travelling to the country for the exercise.
A similar exercise had taken place in Kano, Lagos and Enugu centres for over 6,000 former 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 per cent of the entitlements to the former workers who had completed their verification exercise in October 2018.