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Senior civil servants demand scrapping of pension policy over fraud

By Ann Godwin, Port Harcourt
10 December 2021   |   3:51 am
Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria (ASCSN), Ministry of Defence, has called for the scrapping of Contributive Pension Policy of the Federal Government, describing it as a huge fraud.

Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria (ASCSN), Ministry of Defence, has called for the scrapping of Contributive Pension Policy of the Federal Government, describing it as a huge fraud.

The association also warned government against being insensitive to the plight of Nigerians and urged it to make the country habitable for citizens by creating infrastructure.

The group made the appeal in Port Harcourt, yesterday, during its Annual Delegates Seminar for the South-South zone.

The association asked for the payment of gratuity as obtainable in Nigerian Armed Forces, stressing that the fraud in the system is making it difficult for members to access payments.

Chairman-General, Ministry of Defence, Unit 2, Lagos-Outstations, Yusuf Emmanuel, said: “The present Contributive Pension Policy of Federal Government should be scrapped or pay retirees their savings and gratuity as obtainable in Nigerian Armed Forces. We discovered lately that the pension policy is a fraud on the federal workers.

“ASCSN requests from government prompt placement and payment of promotion arrears from 2011 to 2017 and payment of repatriation allowances for retirees from 2009 till date.”

He warned that neglecting the citizens and injustice to them are threats to the nation’s co-existence, adding that if not corrected, resistance will become inevitable.
Emmanuel said: “Government is very corrupt. We can’t shy away from the truth. It is very sad, very pathetic that the present government is insensitive to the yearnings of the people. We are saying enough is enough.”

Nweke Onyekachi delivered the paper on theme of the conference, “Service Delivery and Myth/Reality of the Present Pension Scheme.”