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Police pensioners task Okiro on pension funds

By on June 17, 2013

RETIRED police officers in the country have commended the appointment of former Inspector General of Police, Mr. Mike Okiro, as the new chairman of Police Service Commission and charged him to prevail on the National Assembly to amend the National Pension Commission Act 2004, so as to ameliorate the sufferings of police pensioners.

President General of Elders Club of Nigeria, PENCOM retired Police Officers, Dr. Moses Ajeka, who lamented the plight of police pensioners in the country, during the inauguration of the Edo State chapter of the association in Benin City, weekend, said police retirees are in the dark on what accrued to them from their contributory pension scheme after 35 years of service.

He expressed joy, however, that the appointment of Okiro as chairman of PSC may be the solution to “our problem because he is an officer that understands the issues.” He added that the Elders Club, which came into being in October 2010 is an umbrella body of retirees, aimed at correcting the problems confronting retired police officers in the country.

He said: “We are the owners of this money. It should be given back to us. We don’t even know  how our money is administered; nobody knows how the money is being used. At the end of the month, they only give you whatever they like.
“Also, while in service, we contributed towards the National Health Scheme. We are being denied the benefits now because we have retired. Having served our fatherland for 35 years, we are supposed to be given what is due to us till death.”

He appealed to the National Assembly to do justice to the ongoing amendment to the PENCOM Act before it in other to eliminate what he described as the untold hardship of the retired officers are facing.