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Chuks Udo Okonta
Over 2,700 Federal Civil servants from the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and Niger State have commenced their verification and enrolment exercise with the National Pension Commission (PenCom) at the Women Development Centre in Abuja.
A statement by the Head, Corporate Communications Department PenCom, Peter Aghahowa, said the exercise is part of the phase two of the nationwide programme which is also going on in two other centers in Lagos and Ibadan, adding that Phase one had already been concluded in 12 other centers across the nation.
He noted that the exercise is meant for employees in the service of the Federal Government who are due to retire between January and December, 2019 by virtue of attaining 60 years of age or 35 years in service whichever is earlier or 65 years by age for employees of tertiary institutions or 70 years of age for Professors, stressing that the purpose of the exercise is to facilitate the payment of their retirement benefits. This physical enrolment also covers those who have already retired but are yet to be enrolled.
He urged employees to attend the enrolment exercise with the originals and copies of letter of appointment, evidence of transfer of Service & acceptance where applicable, birth certificate/declaration of age, promotion letter and pay slip indicating grade level and step as at June, 2004, promotion letter and pay slip indicating grade level and step as at January, 2007, promotion letter and pay slip indicating grade level and step as at July, 2010, promotion letter and pay slip indicating grade level and step as at December, 2013.
Other requirements for the enrolment exercise, he said include letter of introduction from the MDAs, staff identity card, letter/evidence of retirement where applicable, letter of indemnity from the MDA.
“The prospective retirees are also requested to come with evidence of registration with a Pension Fund Administrator (PFA) indicating Retirement Savings Accounts (RSA) Personal Identification Number (PIN),” he added.
To ensure a successful and hitch-free exercise, he maintained that the Commission requires the presence of at least, one Pension Desk Officer (PDO) from each MDA in order to assist in identifying potential retirees as well as confirm the authenticity of the documents presented by the employees.
Potential retirees who are medically unfit are exempted from the exercise but the Commission advises their Pension Desk Officers to come with their documents and a letter from a suitably qualified physician or medical board certifying that the affected employees are not physically or mentally capable of carrying out the functions of his/her office or attend the verification exercise, he said.
According to him, the Commission advised all the prospective FG retirees to take part in the exercise as it is a precondition for the payment of their retirement benefits, adding that the exercise in Abuja is taking place between July 30, and August 17, 2018.