Police retirees appeal to NASS to fast-track amendment of pension Laws

By Abbas Bamalli

 

Kano    –     The Association of Retired Police officers of Nigeria (ARPON), Kano State Chapter, has appealed to the National Assembly to fast-track the amendment of the Pension Reform Act 2014.

The Secretary of the association, Saidu Garba, made the appeal on Thursday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Kano.

He said that the amendment would pave way for the exclusion of its members from the Contributory Pension Scheme.

Garba said it was the desire of the association across the three states of Kano, Katsina, and Jigawa who are members of the chapters, for the Federal Government to revert to the previous Police Pension Scheme.

“We are using this medium to express our willingness and desire as police pensioners under this scheme, to be excluded from the Contributory Pension Scheme,’’ he said.

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He added that some of the retired senior police officers received pension far below their entitlement.

“The much-anticipated benefit of the contributory pension scheme we are operating now has turned out to be a mirage, “he said.

He commended members of the House of Representatives for their efforts towards amending the Pension Reform Act 2014, which he said had passed through the second reading.

“We are appealing to them to also speed up the passage of the Bill so that we can begin to enjoy the real benefits that we were denied by the operators of the private pension organisations,’’ he said.

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