At least 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).
PenCom’s head of communications, Mr Peter Aghahowa said the exercise was part of the phase two of the nationwide programme which was also taking place in Lagos and Ibadan. Phase one had already been concluded in 12 other centers across the nation.
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. 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 were yet to be enrolled.
Employees are requested 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 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).
To ensure a successful and hitch-free exercise, 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.
The Commission advised all the prospective retirees to take part in the exercise as it was a precondition for the payment of their retirement benefits.
The exercise in Abuja is taking place between July 30, and August 17, 2018 at the Women Development Centre in Abuja.