Association of Retired Police Officers, Kogi State chapter, has appealed to the federal government and police authorities to unchain them from contributory pension scheme, saying it was retrogressive.
Kogi State chairman of the association, Mr Alex Yusuf disclosed this in Lokoja to journalists on Wednesday, saying that rather than improving the status of the pensioners the scheme had further impoverished them.
Yusuf stressed that the decision to opt out of the contributory pension scheme of the National Pension Commission, PENCOM, was reached at the August 28 meeting of the association in Lokoja, and was reinforced in subsequent meetings.
“It is highly pathetic to note that after 35 years of meritorious service to fatherland, the officers who retired under the scheme who also co-paid their own retirement benefits are all languishing in abject poverty.
“Before this category of retirees who are now chained to PENCOM, the Nigeria Police retirees were normally paid by the Federal Government in line with section 173(2)(3) and (4) the Nigeria Constitution, 1999, as Amended.”
The association chairman added that the periodic salary and pension reviews of federal public officers ought to benefit all, including serving and retired police officers, but regretted that PENCOM retirees who started disengaging from July 1, 2007, were being denied.
“It seems that we are unjustly and, of course, totally cut off from such benefits that are supposed to be accruing to us. It is as if transferring to the PFA vendors and their agents via PENCOM was meant to sever us on punishment ground from the main body of the Nigeria Police Force,” he stressed.
He decried a situation where an officer who while serving earned between N130,000 and M140,000 ended up receiving between N20,000 and N30,000 as monthly pension, saying it negated the provisions of the constitution.
“For added example, an officer who retired in 2011 on a contributory scheme received a little above N5 million as lump sum and was only given little above N1 million from the so-called lump as gratuity and monthly pension of between N20,000 to N30,000,” he said.
Mr Yusuf explained further that while the pension to retired officers was for life to pre-PENCOM retirees, theirs had been tied to 15 years and queried the calculation of their life expectancy (lifespan), their gratuity and monthly pension by the PFAs.
He therefore appealed to the federal government to pay the 53.37 percent pension increase which took effect from June 1 2010, as well as the pension increase of 15 and 33 percent of 2007and 2014 respectively.
The association chairman also urged the federal government to revert to the old pension system and bring police retirees back to the main body of Nigeria Police for everything to be uniform.

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