Former PTAD boss pledges continued advocacy for pensioners

By Latifat Afegbua, Abuja.

Barr. Sharon Ikeazor, the out-going Executive Secretary, Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate (PTAD). Ikeazor has now been appointed Minister of State, Ministry of Environment.

The Former Executive Secretary, Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate, (PTAD), Mrs. Sharon Ikeazor has pledged that she would continue to be an advocate for pensioners at a higher level of governance in the country.

Mrs. Ikeazor, who is now the Minister of State for the Ministry of Environment, assured pensioners in the country that she would continue to speak for them at the Federal Executive Council (FEC).

She gave the assurance in Abuja at a reception organized by members of the directorate to celebrate her new appointment.

Mrs. Ikeazor, who took over the leadership of PTAD in October 2016, said she would not relent in ensuring that issues concerning pensioners’ receive attention even at a higher level in governance.

“With my appointment as a federal minister, pensioners now have a voice in the Federal Executive Council, I will always be speaking out for pensioners anywhere I am,”  she assured.

Mrs. Ikeazor attributed her success in office to the cooperation she received from staff of the directorate and charged them to support his successor.

She advised them to sustain the momentum at the directorate by working hard and ensuring that all pensioners are treated fairly.

“I know I have driven you all hard but please as I leave, do not relent, keep the pace, hold on to all stakeholders and continue with the hard work I started.”

Mrs. Ikeazor further advised heads of government agencies in the country to give National Youth Service Corps members posted to serve in their offices opportunity to grow, saying that “in them, lie great abilities.’’

Various persons at the event paid glowing tribute to Mrs. Ikeazor for the feats she recorded as the head of PTAD.

For the SERVICOM National Coordinator Mrs Nnenna Akajemeli, noted that during Mrs. Ikeazor’s tenure at PTAD, she entrenched social justice in the directorate and ensured that every pensioner received their due.

Mrs. Akajemeli said that interaction with pensioners by SERVICOM revealed that Mrs. Ikeazor brought good service to pensioners in the country.

“During your tenure in office, you were able to right the wrongs and strengthen the directorate by bringing service to the people with responsibility and visibility.”

“We have seen the difference; you have indeed brought good service to the people, especially pensioners.”

“You recorded tremendous successes in PTAD which has brought you to this height,”  according to Mrs. Akajemeli.

Also, Mr Chile Igbawua, the Chief Commissioner of the Federation, Public Complaints Commission, said Mrs. Ikeazor’s success in PTAD would continue to speak volumes.

According to him, Mrs. Ikeazor is leaving behind a legacy that will continue to speak for her long after her exit from office.

Some pensioners, who spoke at the occasions, said that Ikeazor took pensioners as special people which earned her lots of respect and regards.

To them, she succeeded in her job not because she is a woman, but because she decided to be “a human being with passion to help’’.

Representatives from the Police Service Commission, PTAD past Executive Secretaries, Military and Police Service Retiree Association and association of different pensioners’ unions also paid glowing tribute to the immediate past PTAD boss and congratulated her on the ministerial appointment.

The former PTAD boss was among the 43 ministers inaugurated by President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Dr. Chioma Ejikeme has been appointed to take over from Mrs. Ikeazor as Executive Secretary of the Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate (PTAD).


Amaka E. Nliam