By Favour Nnabugwu
The Federal Government has given presidential approval for payment of outstanding pension liabilities under the Contributory Pension Scheme (CPS).
Mr Peter Aghahowa, the Head of Corporate Communication at National Pension Commission (PenCom), stated this in a statement in Abuja on Wednesday.
He said that PenCom was pleased to inform all its stakeholders, particularly retirees of Treasury-funded Federal Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) that President Muhammadu Buhari has approved PenCom’s submission.
The submission was on the payment of some critical aspects of the outstanding pension liabilities of the Federal Government under the CPS specifically.
According to Aghahowa, “Payment of the outstanding accrued pension rights was for verified and enrolled retirees of treasury-funded MDAs retired but yet to be paid their benefits and backlog of death benefits due to beneficiaries of deceased employees.
Aghahowa said payment of 2.5 per cent differential in the rate of employer pension contribution for Federal Government retirees and employees resulted from an increase in the minimum pension contribution for employers from 7.5 per cent to 10 per cent in line with Section 4 of the Pension Reform Act, (PRA) 2014.
Aghahowa said the Federal Government was expected to continue with the payment of the 10 per cent rate of employer pension contribution for its employees, thus ensuring remittance of at least 18 per cent monthly (employer 10 per cent and employee 8 per cent) as provided by the PRA 2014.
He said the funds had already been made available for the settlement of the above-stated pension liabilities.
Also, he said that remittance into the various Retirement Savings Accounts (RSAs) of the affected retirees and employees were currently being processed.
Meanwhile, Aghahowa said the affected retirees and employees would be notified in due course by their respective Pension Fund Administrators (PFAs).
“The settlement of the outstanding accrued pension rights of verified and enrolled FGN retirees and compliance with the reviewed rate of pension contributions are significant developments, that have resolved the challenges in these aspects that have lingered since 2014,” he said.
Aghahowa added that the board and management of the commission reiterated their appreciation to the president for his untiring support, commitment to the implementation of the CPS and ensuring the welfare of retirees.