The federal government has approved the second and final tranche of N22.6 billion to pay the pension of ex-Nigerian Airways staff.
Permanent Secretary, Special Duty, Federal Ministry of Finance, Mohammed Dikwa announced this on Tuesday night .
Mohammed Dikwa also promised protesting staff of the defunct company who earlier blocked entrances and exit points into the ministry that they are being attended to.
The Permanent Secretary also told them that although Wednesday had been declared a public holiday, staff would be on hand to conduct the capturing exercise.
Dikwa decried attitude of the protesters for embarrassing Minister of Finance, Mrs. Zainab Ahmed who had tried hard to solve the previously intractable problem.
The former staff and dependents of former Nigeria Airways staff had blocked entrances and exit points into the Federal Ministry of Finance preventing the Minister, Mrs. Zainab Ahmed and other officials from leaving.
The protesters were angry that after inviting them from various parts of the country by the Presidential Initiative for Continuous Audit (PICA) for verification in the process of paying their final entitlements, they were left unattended to since Sunday living like refugees.
Chairman of Nigeria Union of Pensioners (NUP), Nigeria Airways branch, Comrade Sam Nzene who spoke with newsmen, said the consultant who was meant to conduct the screening disappeared claiming that his contract had not been regularized and that government was owing him.