Federal Government has constituted a 10-man technical committee to look into the areas of synergising and harmonising the mode and procedure for payment of pension benefits in the nation’s public service.
While constituting the committee during a tripartite meeting between her office, the National Pension Commission, PENCOM, and the Pension Transition Arrangement Directorate, PTAD, in Abuja, the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Mrs. Winifred Oyo-Ita said that the setting up of the committee became necessary in order to ensure prompt payment of pensioners’ entitlements as at when due.
She said there was need for synergy between her office, PENCOM and PTAD so as to ensure efficiency in handling pension matters.
Mrs. Oyo-Ita expressed sadness over how public servants after serving the country with their strength for 35 years or after attaining the mandatory retirement age of 60 years, had to wait for so long before they could receive their retirement benefits and monthly pensions, a situation she said was not ideal for any public servant to pass through and must therefore be addressed immediately.
Earlier, the director general of PENCOM, Mrs. Chinelo Anohu-Amazu said that PENCOM was ready to do everything humanly possible within the ambit of the law to ensure that retired public servants henceforth continue to receive their retirement benefits and monthly pensions as at when due, adding that there was the need for the three offices to work together for the realisation of the objective.
On his part, the acting executive secretary of PTAD, Mr. Murtala Olawale Toyin assured of PTAD’S readiness and commitment to ensure that public servants who retired from service were not subjected to untold hardship before they receive their retirements and monthly payments.
The 10-man committee, which is headed by the permanent secretary, Common Services Office in the Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Mr. Yemi Adelakun, has three members each from the Office of the Head of Service of the Federation, PENCOM and PTAD.
The committee is mandated to identify the current challenges hindering the prompt payments of retirees’ benefits, to work out modalities for ensuring smooth and prompt payment of retirees’ benefits as at when due, and to recommend any other measure that would assist government to achieve the purpose.