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The National Pension Commission, PenCom, has said that a total of N5 billion will be disbursed today (Tuesday) for payment of the 2.5 percent differential in the rate of employer pension contribution for Federal Civil Service retirees and employees.

It will be recalled that the minimum pension contribution for employers was increased from 7.5 percent to 10 percent in line with Section 4(1) of the Pension Reform Act, PRA 2014. However, the federal government failed to implement it all along but continued to remit 7.5 percent for its employees.

The Commission, however, stated that the payment is from 2019 to December 2020, while indicating that the backlog will be cleared at an unspecified later date.

Speaking at the 2021 annual seminar for journalists yesterday in Lagos, Head, Contribution & Bond Redemption Department of PenCom, Mr. Saleem AbdulRahman, said that the Commission will also pay the accrued pension rights for verified and enrolled retirees of treasury-funded Ministries, Departments, and Agencies, MDAs, that retired but are yet to be paid their retirement benefits.

AbdulRahman stated: “The federal government released about N5 billion for the payment of the 2.5 percent differential which will be paid into the Retirement Savings Account, RSA, of employees.


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The money will also get to respective retires. Some may likely get an additional lump sum, some might likely get advanced monthly withdrawal pension, active employees will get the 2.5 percent. This is only for treasury-funded employees and retirees.”

He added, “Subsequently, the federal government of Nigeria is expected to continue with the payment of the 10 percent rate of employer pension contribution for its employees, thus ensuring remittance of at least 18 percent monthly (employer 10 percent and employee 8 percent) as provided by the PRA 2014.

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“Funds have already been made available for the settlement of the above-stated pension liabilities. Accordingly, remittance into the various Retirement Savings Accounts (RSAs) of the affected retirees and employees is currently being processed. The affected retirees and employees would be notified in due course by their respective Pension Fund Administrators (PFAs)”.


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