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Ondo State Government has reduced the check list of documents required for processing retirement benefits for Pensioners in the state aimed at ameliorating the plight of retiring Officers while processing their retirement benefits.
The check list for processing of Retirement/Death benefits for Civil Servants was reduced from 30 to 14, that of the Teaching and non-Teaching retirees was reduced from 32 to 18 while the check list for Local Government and Primary School Retirees was reduced from 33 to 16.
According to a circular released by the State Pension Transitional Department, in the office of the State Head of Service, the state government took the measures to drastically reduce the erstwhile cumbersome process and thus eliminate activities of exploitative syndicates and fraudsters associated with pension processes.
In line with the new Ondo Service Improvement Programme (ODSIP), retiring Officers shall collect the new approved check list of requirements at the various Local Government Area Offices of the State Internal Revenue Service (ODIRS) nearest to them (for State Retiring Officers) and at the 18 Local Government Area Secretariats (for Retiring Primary School Teachers and Local Government Workers)
They are to subsequently submit their completed forms to their respective Pension Transitional Department with the required payment receipt for processing.
This is a clear departure from the former practice where retiring Officers from the across the 18 Local Government Areas would come to the State Pension Transitional Department in Akure to collect pension forms after payment of their respective statutory fees.
Also, in line with the reform initiative, all intending retirees would no longer be expected to seek individual clearance from the Local Government Staff Loans Board, Cooperative and Thrift Societies, Micro-Credit Agency, Agric Loan, Housing Loan, Car Loan Departments and other Banks/Finance Houses before processing their documents.
Office of the HoS.