Retired police officers seek removal from PENCOM
This was the position of the retired officers after their general meeting held yesterday at an Inspectorate Mess in Jos.
Speaking through their National Secretary, Assistant Superintendent of Police Sylvanus T. Basadeimbo, the police pensioners said their welfare had been neglected by the previous administration of both the Federal Government and the National Assembly.
He said since their entitlements under the PENCOM scheme are not properly paid, with most of their members either dead or are suffering from one illness or the other. They appealed to the Federal Government to remove them out of it.
According to Basadeimbo, “We are asking the federal government to consider our plight and take us out of the PENCOM and return us to the former scheme. Or if that cannot be done we are also asking that all our monies should be paid to us.”
Basadeimbo, said it is worrisome that a retired ASP is given a low sum of N35, 000, while some of them are given between N15, 000 to N20, 000 only as their pension in the PENCOM scheme.
The Secretary said their understanding was that some people are saying; “we should not be removed out of the PENCOM, and their argument is that if we are removed, the PENCOM will be killed.”