April 1, 2023



Invoice to exempt NASS employees from contributory pension scheme stalled

A invoice looking for to exempt administration employees of the Nationwide Meeting from the contributory pension scheme by amending the Pension Reform Act, 2014 to that impact has gotten stalled within the Home of Representatives, as its third studying has been deferred.

As various to Nationwide Pension Fee (PENCOM) coordinated scheme, the proposal intends to determine the Nationwide Meeting Service Pensions Board.

Members of the Home on Wednesday disagreed over the process adopted in making the proposed modification, report of which on the committee of Complete, chaired by Deputy Speaker Ahmed Idris-Wase, two weeks in the past thought-about and permitted the report earlier than it was subsequently slated for third studying.

Nonetheless, when its third studying movement was known as for, Deputy chairman of the committee on Pensions, Hon. Bamidele Salam, raised some extent of order urging the Speaker, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila to step down the third studying of the invoice, saying that any try and exempt sure lessons of individuals from the contributory pension scheme could result in the collapse of that system.

“I don’t see the necessity to exit the Nationwide Meeting from this contributory pension scheme. The overdoing consideration has been that any try and exempt sure lessons of individuals from the contributory pension scheme could result in the collapse of that system. It will open a floodgate of different calls for by different crucial sectors,” he acknowledged.

Equally, one other member of the committee, Hon. Bem Mzondu, stated the fitting procedures to invoice’s passage was not followe, reminding the speaker that he didn’t grant the committee their request for a public listening to to be held on the invoice earlier than sending it to the committee of the Complete.

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“The proper procedures weren’t adopted. We requested for a public listening to, we wrote to your workplace however our request was not thought-about. If we open this floodgates of exit, many requests will are available in. It means the pension scheme will collapse. As a result of each company desires to exit the pension scheme. I plead this needs to be stepped down”, he acknowledged.

The deputy speaker nevertheless opposed his colleagues, as he referred to the standing orders of the Home, to the impact {that a} presiding officer the has the fitting to commit any invoice to Committee of the Complete.

“This invoice didn’t come right now, there was first and second studying and right now we’re committing it to 3rd studying. Not all payments should undergo public listening to. I don’t know why any matter that pertains to nationwide meeting we’re the primary to boost points, is that we don’t care concerning the welfare of the identical folks which might be serving us?,” Wase stated.

In his ruling, Gbajabiamila who confirmed that he was approached by the committee stated, “You cant single out one committee, there are different committees that hasn’t submitted experiences in months. The matter was delivered to my discover for public listening to however there was no fund on the time. Public listening to needs to be held for issues like this so all pursuits will air their views”.