The Nigerian Police retired officers Forum have called on the National Assembly ( NASS) to save them from untold hardship as a result of unpaid pensions owed them by the Nigeria Police Pension Limited since their disengagement two years ago.
This is as they want the senate to review the pension reform act of 2004 as it relates to the Nigeria Police force in order to return them to the old pension scheme like their counterparts in other Security Agencies.
In a press statement by the Retired Police Officers’ Forum , under NPF Pension Limited Kogi state and signed by Shaibu Oke ( ASP.Rtd) Chairman and ASP Joseph Abu (Rtd) Public Relations Officer and made available to Journalists in Lokoja, lamented at the operation of the NPF pension ltd which has caused them untold hardships.
The retired officers called on the Senate President Ahmed Lawal and the entire Senate to wade into their sufferings by reviewing their membership of the pension reform act of 2004, in line with their counterparts in the Army , Navy , Airforce and the DSS who have since returned back to the pay as you go pension scheme.
The Statement noted with dismay that the new contributory pension scheme stipulated that both the pension Commission and the retirees should agree on the modality of payment but regretted that the commission would pay whatever amount it wants without recourse to the contributors.
The Statement added that the Police retirees from 2017 till date have not been able to collect their lumpsum and monthly pensions stressing that the Nigeria Police as a leading security agency in internal security have been unfairly treated.
According to the statement, the Director General of the NPF pension LTD Hamza Bokki had lied in one of his publications that , he was up to date in the payment of pensions liabilities , saying the statement was far from the truth as his members have not been paid since their disengagement in 2018.
According to the Chairman, Shaibu Oke, decried the pension scheme which was patterned similar to that of the Republic of Chile , ought to have exempted those in employment before 2004, and to include only those employed after the Act , adding that their contribution was not rolled up into the new scheme.
” We urged the National Assembly members to review Pencom law so that all the entire police retirees that were already in the force before the Act of 2004 should be exempted from the contributory pension and pull us out of this uncomfortable condition.
” That the Act should take recognizance of the services rendered by the retirees before the Act and as such, their past selfless services should be remitted into their individual Accounts.
“That the National Assembly should assist us by granting exemptions just like our counterparts in the Army , Navy , Airforce and DSS . We are worried as the leading Security Agency in internal security that we were not treated equally with others.
” We urge the Federal Government to review our monthly pensions which cannot take us home. How can somebody who had served his country for 35 years and retired as Assistant Superintendent of police ( ASP) earns between #25,009 and #30,000 . What we are saying is for the government to return us to the old scheme like our sister security Agencies. They lame ted.
While soliciting the support of the National Assembly and the Federal Government to direct the police authorities to refund their National Housing Fund to the members , regretted that the Foka share responsible for the deductions have no traceable offices across the Country. said their