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PTAD: We Value Media Partnership to Serve Pensioners Better

WELCOME ADDRESS BY THE EXECUTIVE SECRETARY OF PTAD, DR. CHIOMA EJIKEME, AT THE TRAINING WORKSHOP FOR PENSION CORRESPONDENTS, ON FEBRUARY 28, 2022 AT LAGOS, LAGOS STATE.

I wish to commence by expressing my appreciation, on behalf of the Management and staff of the Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate (PTAD) for the robust support and collaboration we have had with the media over the years.

It could not have been possible without the positive reportage of you, our pension correspondents. It gives me great pleasure to welcome you all to this one-day training organised for the pension correspondents in Lagos to get you informed about the mandate, operations and vision of the Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate (PTAD).

The importance of the media to the operations of PTAD cannot be over-emphasised, which is why we deem it necessary to organise this training. Over the years, PTAD has worked assiduously to change the narrative of pension administration in Nigeria, especially under the Defined Benefits Scheme (DBS), and we are proud to see that the hard work has yielded and has continued to yield positive results.

In the course of the presentations here, we believe you will be adequately informed about the Act establishing PTAD, what our mandate is, the different operational departments we have in the Directorate, as well as how we carry out our responsibilities.

It is very important, as reporters, to understand where we are coming from, where we are, where we are headed, and what exactly we do, so you can report accurately. Pension management in Nigeria is a very sensitive issue, and PTAD has been at the forefront since inception, ensuring that the welfare of pensioners under the Defined Benefit Scheme remains a priority.

As our partner in progress, we rely on the media, especially our reporters to work with us to ensure that this mandate is fulfilled. It is our intention to foster the already-robust relationship between PTAD and the media, correct all misrepresentations and inform them of next steps we intend to take as we work hard to ensure that the welfare of our pensioners is sustained.

Today is not a day for long speeches, but a day for us to learn, unlearn, re-learn and interact with one another for renewed collaboration.

Once again, I welcome you all and wish us a fruitful engagement.

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