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Jonathan Directs Pencom To Ensure ‘Creative Deployment Of Pension Funds’



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President Goodluck Jonathan on Wednesday in Abuja directed the National Pension Commission (Pencom) to ensure creative utilisation of pension funds by investing the funds within and outside the country.

The President gave the directive at the inauguration of the Board of the National Pension Commission (Pencom) and swearing-in of members of the Federal Character Commission (FCC).

Jonathan directed that the pension funds should be deployed to the development of national economy in line with global best practices.

He charged the Pencom to maintain the existing culture of transparency and accountability in the management and custody of the contributory pension fund.

The President said that the commission should consider creative foreign investment in the deployment of the funds.

“We know that other countries that have similar funds are even coming to invest in Nigeria.

“There is no reason why Pencom should not invest within and outside this country to even improve on the funds.”

He said that in line administration’s commitment to the well being of retirees, Pencom must ensure that pensioners receive their retirement benefits as and when due.

Jonathan said the administration carried out a reform of the sub sector to correct the negative reports associated with the administrations of pension in the past.

He, therefore, charged the new board to work in synergy with the new structure in the sub-sector.

“In the recent past, pension administration had become an issue of grave national concern.

“In addressing this concern, we recently took radical measures to restructure the scheme.

“This included the setting up, as provided by law, the Pension Constitutional Arrangement Department.

“It is our expectation that the board of Pencom will work in synergy with this agency to engender a more robust pension system.

“In addition, it is expected that the board will work to secure increase compliance with the Pension Reform Act.”

The President also underscored the need for Pencom to expand the coverage of the contributory pension scheme to include the informal sector.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports the 6-member Pencom Board is chaired by the former Governor of Bauchi State, Alhaji Adamu Muazu.

On the Federal Character Commission, the President said that the commission was conceived as an agency to promote, monitor and enforce compliance with the Federal Character Principle.

He said it had the mandate of engendering a sense of inclusiveness and equity in appointment in government and all government agencies and parastatals.

Jonathan, therefore, charged the new members of the commission to discharge their mandate with profound courage and dedication.

The President assured that, under his watch, the Federal Government would give no section of the country any cause to feel excluded.

He restated his administration’s commitment to continue to support the commission in successfully meeting its vital constitutional responsibilities.

The President also assured even spread in appointments and employment in the country, adding that the appointments to both Pencom and FCC was made with due consideration to strengthen the agencies.

He said that the appointees were selected based on their “ideals of personal integrity, uncommon diligence and unwavering faith in Nigeria”.

NAN reports that the 24-member FCC, sworn in by the President, was chaired by Prof. Shuaib Abdulraheem.

Both Muazu and Abdulraheem, who respectively spoke on behalf of their members, pledged to carry out the President’s charges and to work hard to fulfil the mandate given them.

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