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Retired police officers protest unpaid pensions at national assembly


 

Some retired police officers on Tuesday besieged the national assembly over unpaid pensions.

 

The retirees are demanding that they be removed from the contributory pension scheme.

 

In a letter dated May 21 and addressed to Senate President Godswill Akpabio, the retirees said many of them have lost their lives due to the prevailing economic hardship.

 

“We believe that our peaceful and legal approach to this agitation would not be taken for granted by you,” the letter reads.

 

 “We must also appreciate both the members of the Upper and the Lower Chambers who have also painstakingly taken the matter through several sessions of legislative actions spanning investigative hearings, public hearings.

 

“And passage of the Police Exit Bill from CPS and Police Pension Board Bill in our favour, privately initiated bills by Sen. Elisha Abbo and Hon. Francis Waive of the Senate and House of Representative respectively, in the 9th NASS.

 

“Sir, permit us to intimate our dear Senate President that the Bill for an Act to establish the Nigeria Police Pension Board to handle Pension matters for personnel of the Force and for connected purposes was passed by the 9th Assembly Senate on Tuesday 5th June, 2023.

 

 “Whereas the sister bill to exempt the Police Force from the application of the Contributory Pensions Scheme under the CPS 2014 and for related matters which public hearing was conducted since 22/02/22 by the House Committee on Pensions of the 9th Assembly, came up in the floor of the 10th Assembly on 23rd November, 2023 for harmonization process but is still pending till date.

 

“The speedy harmonisation and transmission of these bills to the President for assent become absolutely necessary due to very obvious reasons.

 

“A few of such reasons is the rate at which Retired police officers die because of hardship caused by the present economic situation in Nigeria.”

 

Speaking with the retirees, Yunus Akintunde, deputy chair of the senate committee on police, said the national assembly is working to resolve the issue.

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