Retirees Plight: Lawmaker Calls For Amendment Of Pension Act

By Gloria Essien, Abuja


A Member Representing Abak/Etim Ekpo/Ika Federal Constituency in Nigerian House of Representatives, Clement Jimbo has called for the amendment of the 2004 Pension Act to address inhuman treatment of senior citizens of Nigeria who have paid their dues through diligent services to the government and private sectors of the Nation.

While presenting the motion on the floor of the House, the Deputy Chairman of House of Representatives Committee on National Planning and Economic Development, frowned at the agony bedevilling the elderly citizens in the course of collecting what they saved for their olden days while in active service.

He further expressed displeasure on how Managers of Contributory Pension Scheme deny having greater share of the lump sum after retirement as a paltry sum (25% of the total amount credited to retirees Retirement Saving Accounts) is usually dispensed to them across board under the scheme; whereas the balance of 75% is usually retained by the Pensions Fund Administrators for investment in capital market with high returns, which is never added to the retirees’ monthly payments.

He further reiterated that the rising value of dollar against the naira, the recent removal of fuel subsidy and increase in price of goods and services have made such paltry monthly payments, which remain the same for several years grossly insufficient to sustain the retirees who had served the country honourably for 35 years.

He called on the National Assembly to amend the 2004 Pension Act which deals with retirement benefits, to make it optional and to bring it in conformity with the current economic realities.

The motion which was widely supported by the members, was referred to the House Committee on Pension to interface with relevant stakeholders to address the yearnings of the retirees.



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