The management of the National Pension Commission (PENCOM), has assured retirees that the commission is committed to the payment of retirees entitlement as at when due.
The Civil Society Coalition for Transparency, (CSCT), addressing journalists on Monday in Abuja stated this after it’s fact finding over the recent protest that rocked the commission.
The president, Comrade Mike Femi, said the Coalition’s findings revealed that the issues raised by protesters was not the makings of the director-general, Mrs Aisha Dahiru-Umar.
“We recognise the importance of this agency to all Nigerians especially our retired civil servants who has served this country meritoriously and as the custodian of their contributory pension scheme (CPS), hence our fact finding mission.
“Our finding revealed that these problems has been in existence before the coming of the director general, Mrs Aisha Dahiru-Umar and we understand that efforts are on to settle these problems.
On the recruitment saga, he said the Commission got approval to recruits some staff under the leadership of the erstwhile DG but was unable to complete the process before she was edge out of office by the current administration.
He said the former DG handed over to Mrs Dahiru-Umar on acting capacity who was then the most senior officer in the Agency.
“Consequently, Aisha could not continue the process because the federal character committee of the Nigerian Senate place a bound on the recruitment thereby making it impossible for the candidate that has been screen and interview to resume work. But our finding also shows that the commission is still in touch with the National Assembly to see ways we can resolve this pending issue,” he said.
He said her coming on board actually stabilise the Commission and has been able to display a transparent leadership that engenders productivity.
He also called on Nigerians to understand the predicament of the management of the commission since it tool over a default system they are working on correcting.
“On the management imbalance, Aisha confidently confirm to us that all the six geo-political zones are ably represented, No zone has been left out and we also understand that no project has been awarded.”