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Chuks Udo Okonta
The National Pension Commission (PenCom) has appealed to all active Retirement Savings Account (RSA) holders and retirees to cooperate with the agents engaged by Pension Fund administrators (PFAs) that would be visiting their organisations to carry out the Data Recapture Exercise (DRE).
A statement by the Head, Corporate Communications Department, PenCom, Peter Aghahowa, which stated this, noted that the Commission remains committed to providing necessary support to the pension industry to ensure the success of the DRE.
He said PenCom introduced the Data Recapture Exercise in August 2019 to obtain complete, accurate and current data of all RSA holders (both active and retired), stressing that Pension Fund Administrators (PFAs) were directed by the Commission to obtain the relevant information required for the DRE from RSA holders and the process is on-going and that one of the information required for the exercise is the National Identity Number (NIN).
“The Commission is desirous to ensure that all RSA holders are able to exercise their rights of transferring their RSAs from one PFA to another, in anticipation of the formal launch of the RSA Transfer System during the last quarter of 2020. The Commission therefore wishes to notify all RSA holders that the completion of the DRE is a prerequisite for processing any RSA transfer request by RSA holders who registered before 1 July 2019,” he said.
He maintained that to fast-track the DRE, the Commission approved a proposal of the Pension Operators’ Association of Nigeria (PenOp) for an industry Shared Service Initiative (SSI), adding that PenOp has engaged agents to conduct the DRE on behalf of all PFAs. “This arrangement will enhance efficiency in carrying out the exercise as it would allow an agent to recapture all RSA holders in the same organization on behalf of all PFAs. In partnership with the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), the selected agents will have the ability to carry out NIN registrations seamlessly,” he posited.