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OKECHUKWU: My name is Okechukwu.  retired from the Joint Admissions Matriculation Board (JAMB).

Since last October, my pension has not been paid. Even after I had attended the verification in March 2021, my pension was still not paid.

I have many problems: My landlord has given me quit notice. I cannot feed my children any longer. Also, I am sick and has no money for treatment.

Please I need your intervention.

PENCOM: Please forward your Retirement Savings Account (RSA) details; that is, PIN and Pension Fund Administrator (PFA) to enable the Commission to investigate further. Thank you.

IVARA: l retired from the Nigeria Police on July 2015. l complained to PenCom that police pensioners were not paid the consequential adjustment, arising from implementation of the new minimum wage on April 30, 2021 approved by Mr. President.

Payment/arrears was paid to other’ federal parastatals.The first and second arrears have been paid. What is the fate of those of us who retired from 2015? Are we not pensioners?

PenCom should do something in this regard to alleviate the sufferings of police pensioners under contributory pension scheme.

The stigmatisation is too much. We are pensioners, we should equally benefit from the implementation of the Federal Government’s approval of minimum wage to pensioners. The issue of contributory pension should not arise. Let it be transparent. The approval of minimum wage to pensioners was not meant for a particular section alone. It should be paid to retirees/federal pensioners.

Some of us suffered for this nation. Above, all PenCom should give directive to pension administrators to implement the payment. We need the money.Thanks.

HASSAN: My RSA shows that there was no remittance in 2015, 2016, 2017 and parts of 2014 and 2018. Please help find out why. I am expecting your response because I am retiring this year.

ANNONYMOUS: Good day. I am a government worker and ARM Pension is my PFA.

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I am 44 years but I need to get some money from my account to solve my pressing issues due to economic hardship. Please, how do I go about it?

ANNONYMOUS: Dear PenCom, you recently announced that the Federal Government has allocated funds for the payment of federal retirees’ increase on their benefits with efffect from last month. But up till now, I have not heard from my PFA.

MRS. COMFORT: I write on behalf of Mrs. Comfort. She retired from Federal Ministry of Transport, Abuja in 2011 on compassionate ground due to her prolonged illness. She never collected salary since July 1999 till 2011 when she retired from service as a senior typist on SGL 0. Kindly help.

OLADOSU: My name is Awoyemi. I retired from Obafemi Awolowo, University (OAU), Ile-Ife, Osun State. I did the last verification in 2019, but my pension has not been paid since November 2019.

ANNONYMOUS: I am writing on behalf of a group of about 100 retired staff of Niger Insurance Plc since August 2007. We have no pension fund nor increase. There has been no payment for two years. No staff representation in its management. Our account was not separated, resulting in mismanagement.

SANI: Before the contributory pensions took effect in 2004, there were public servants who had served for  years. As a result, they had only few years to make contributions. And since the gratuity and monthly pension are function of how much one has contributed, these categories of civil servants have retired and have little as monthly pension.

I heard that the Federal Government has approved that such civil servants be paid some pension  for  the years they served before the take off of the contributory pension scheme in 2004. If this is true, where and how can such retired civil servants collect their pension?

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UREGI: Thank you for keeping pensioners informed on the activities of the Commission. I will like to make an observation on the use of the phrase “through the expected life span of a retiree” in relation to payment of monthly pension from the RSA balance. The impression that the phrase gives is that the monthly payments will stop at the end of the “expected life span”. Even if the retiree is still alive.

I am aware, though, of an advertorial in which the Commission stated that the monthly payments would continue till a retiree died and then the balance of the RSA would be paid to the next of kin. This impression should stop.

MBAH: Hello. I sent my 25 per cent request to Fidelity Pension since December 2020. But I am yet to get it. Kindly help.

  1. DUMNAMENE: Dear Omobola, kindly assist me to wipe my tears away by helping to see that the implementation of my monthly pension that was stopped sometimes last year due to double PIN. I was referred from Fidelity to ARM pension for recapturing, which I did.

THE NATION: The newspaper will intervene. Therefore, Ivara, Hassan, Mrs. Comfort, Sani, Uregi, Mbah, Oladosu, Dr. Dumnamene and Annonymous should look out for the newspaper next week for responses.



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