Salary deductions: 71 retired HoS, perm secs drag el-Rufai to court

May 20, 2020 AbdulRaheem Aodu 0

Retired head of service and permanent secretaries numbering 71 in Kaduna state have sued Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna state at the National Industrial Court over the deduction of their pension.Counsel to the plaintiffs, Barrister Sam Atung Esq, who said the deduction started in March, 2020 without any prior notice, noted that they resorted to institute a case at the Read More

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Time to tame Yari

January 5, 2020 Editorial IV 0

  Zamfara state has continued to be in the news of late for inexplicable reasons. Only recently, the state governor, Bello Mohammed Matawalle, repealed the state pension law that granted the former governor of the state, Abdulaziz Yari and his co-travelers stupendous pension benefits that defeat human comprehension in a sane society. And of course this was applauded by well-meaning Read More

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The recovery of pension from ex-governors

December 17, 2019 Editorial III 0

The recent ruling by a Federal High Court in Ikoyi, Lagos state, which ordered the federal government to recover pensions collected by former governors serving as ministers and members of the National Assembly is a good omen for the nation’s democracy. This is so because the profligacy and corrupt tendencies of public office holders in the country have robbed the Read More

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Court to FG: Recover pensions from Akpabio, Amaechi, Fashola; Adamu, Goje, Shettima, Okorocha, others too

December 4, 2019 Editorial IV 0

A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has ordered the federal government to “recover pensions collected by former governors now serving as ministers and members of the National Assembly.” It also “directed the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice Mr. Abubakar Malami, SAN, to challenge the legality of states’ pension laws permitting former governors and other ex-public Read More

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Upkeep for one, a livelihood for thousands

December 1, 2019 Editorial III 0

As an APC man, I was more than bewildered by what happened in the build up to the 2019 elections in Zamfara state, a thoroughly APC enclave, where PDP dared not even breath! Yes, the opposition party did not stand a whisker of a chance, to clinch senatorial, state and National Assembly seats (except maybe one or two) let alone Read More

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Shehu Sani wants pension for retired sports men, women

November 6, 2019 Editorial IV 0

Human Rights Activist,  Senator Shehu Sani, on Wednesday advocated payment of  pensions for retired sports men and women in Nigeria. Senator Sani made the call in Ibadan  at the memorial lecture organised to mark the 10th anniversary of the demise of Nigeria’s former National Team goalkeeper Late Best Ogedegbe organized by the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) Oyo State Read More

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PTAD warns pensioners against scammers

October 22, 2019 Editorial III 0

The management of Pensions Transition Arrangement Directorate ( PTAD) has urged pensioners to be wary of scammers who defraud pentioners in the name of helping them to collect their pension and gratuities. The Executive Secretary  PTAD Dr Chioma Ejikeme, who gave the warning in Lokoja Tuesday when she visited the seventh phase of Parastatals Pensioners Verification Exercise for pensioners under Read More

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Premium Pension signs fund management deal with Jigawa as lead PFA

October 18, 2019 Editorial III 0

Premium Pension Limited, a leading Pension Fund Administrator (PFA) in the country and Jigawa state government have signed a portfolio management agreement which confers on it (Premium Pension) the authority and responsibility of managing the state’s Pension fund as the Lead PFA. A statement  by the firm’s Head of Corporate Communications, Mr. Aliyu Muhammad,  Thursday said, “This fund has been Read More

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Ortom meets protesting pensioners, pledges to release N611m

September 7, 2019 Editorial III 0

Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state, Friday, met with the protesting pensioners in the state and promised to release the sum of N611 million to complete the payment of their April and May 2018 pensions. The governor, who met the aggrieved pensioner sat the entrance of the Government House in Makurdi, where they had been sleeping in the last three Read More

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Guber Poll : I ‘ll use agric, tourism to develop Kogi – Aspirant

August 25, 2019 Editorial IV 0

A frontline contender in the forthcoming governorship election in Kogi state on the platform of the All Progressive Congress (APC) Barrister Babatunde Irukera has promised to use agriculture and tourism to transform and remove the state from its present economic woes where payment of salary, pension and provision of infrastructure are grossly lacking. Irukera who is the Director General, Federal Read More

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Pension funds increase by N21bn in Q2 2019

August 12, 2019 Editorial III 0

The National Pension Commission (PenCom) says N21 billion was injected into the pension fund assets by pension contributors in the second quarter of 2019. This was revealed by the commissiin in its monthly report on summary of pension fund assets and Retirement Saving Account (RSA) registration. A breakdown showed a rise in  pension fund assetsat N9.12 trillion in the month Read More

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FG clears over N784m pension arrears

August 9, 2019 Editorial III 0

The federal government through the Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate (PTAD) has paid 502 civil service pensioners the sum of N784, 377, 933.27 as pension arrears. A statement by the (PTAD) management explained the category of pensioners who received this payment include 262 verified eligible pensioners with complaints of non-payment of pension arrears from the North-east, South-east, North-west and South-south zones. Read More

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PTAD pays N784.38m arrears to 502 beneficiaries

August 9, 2019 Editorial IV 0

The Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate (PTAD) has paid the sum of N784,377,933.27 as pension arrears to 502 Civil Service Pensioners.  The category of pensioners who received this payment include 262 verified eligible pensioners with complaints of non-payment of pension arrears from the North East, South East, North West and South South Zones.  They received a total of N370,162,701.77. Also 41 pensioners Read More

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One month to go: Jubilation in Yobe as Gaidam approves N325.6m gratuity for LG retirees

April 25, 2019 Editorial II 0

In an effort to settle all outstanding liabilities before handover, Governor Ibrahim Gaidam of Yobe state has approved the sum of N325,620,511.61 as payment of outstanding liabilities to 316 retired local government staff in the state. The governor’s spokesman, Abdullahi Bego, disclosed on Thursday in a press statement saying, “this followed their verification by the committee set up by the Read More

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Pension: Report defaulting employers, Trustfund tells employees

March 28, 2018 Editorial IV 0

  Worried over complaints of non remittance to the Contributory Pension Schemes by some employers of labour in the country, Trustfund Pension Ltd, has urged employees to report any of such employers to serve as deterrent to others. Head of Customers Relationship Management of Trustfund Pension, Mrs Omoesiri Omoagege, while speaking at the retirees’ forum in Abuja recently, said it Read More

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Ex-govs, deputies’ pension: Will other states emulate Kwara?

March 17, 2018 Blueprint 0

Kwara state House of Assembly recently passed an amendment bill halting payment of pensions to former governors, deputy governors, and other political office holders after their tenures. SAMSON BENJAMIN examines the circumstances that led to the bill as well as the chances of other states to follow suit. The passage of the amendment bill suspending the payment of pensions to Read More

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Equity market closes on negative trend, shedding 489.09 bp

February 19, 2018 Editorial IV 0

Trading activities on the floor of the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) closed week on Friday in a negative trend, shedding 489.09 basis points. The NSE All Share Index declined by 1.13 per cent to 42638.83 points from 43127.92 reported in the previous week. Also market capitalisation of listed equities depreciated by N175 billion o to N15.301 trillion from N15.476 trillion Read More

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N45bn severance benefits : Nigeria Airways retirees vs Kemi Adeosun

February 8, 2018 Editorial IV 0

Retirees of the defunct Nigeria Airways have continued to mount pressure on the Ministry of Finance for the release of N45 billion approved by the federal government for payment of their retirement benefits, reports IME AKPAN Despite the seemingly poor salary, many people still find the civil service attractive and a place to work because of the benefit of receiving Read More

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Kebbi releases N7.5bn for gratuity, pension

December 21, 2017 Editorial IV 0

By Kabiru Dogon Daji Birnin Kebbi Kebbi state government has released the sum of N7.5 billion within two years for the payment of gratuities and pension for the retired civil servants in the state. Addressing a press conference in Birnin kebbi, the state chairman of the Nigeria Union of Pensioners (NUP), Alhaji Usman Dangwari, explained that the Senator Atiku Bagudu-led Read More

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Niger’s N128bn budget targets 2,000 fresh graduates

December 15, 2017 Editorial IV 0

By Aideloje Ojo Minna Governor Abubakar Sani Bello of Niger state yesterday presented a budget estimate of N128, 010,602,977.00 for the 2018 fiscal year to the state House of Assembly with a plan to employ 2000 fresh graduates within the period. Tagged “Peoples Budget,” the governor said the estimates consist of Capital Expenditure of N75, 858,976,895.00 and Recurrent Expenditure of Read More

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NPFL Super 6 Invitational:

December 14, 2017 Editorial IV 0

Ex-Nigeria boxing champ raises alarm over 15 years of unpaid pension Obisia Nwankpa, one-time Nigeria’s most prized boxing asset, has raised the alarm over alleged refusal of the Nigerian Army to pay his pension over the past 15 years. Mr. Nwakpa is challenging the Army to explain why it stopped paying his pension in 2002. The former pugilist told PREMIUM Read More

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Osun retirees appeal to Aregbesola

December 6, 2017 Editorial IV 0

By Lateef Dada Osogbo Pensioners under the aegis of Forum of Contributory Pensioners in Osun state yesterday appealed to Governor Rauf Aregbesola to “without further delay” pay their pensions. They made the appeal in a release jointly signed by the teaching and civil service coordinators, Comrades Samuel Adeosun and Gbadebo Adegboye, in Osogbo, the state capital. The pensioners, who lamented Read More

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Head of Service officials panic over pension fraud revelations

December 5, 2017 Editorial IV 0

By Taiye Odewale Abuja Startling revelations recently made by the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami, on how the office of the Head of Service of the Federation ( OHSF) was used as cesspool of Pension Fund fraud between 2010 and 2014 have been sending jitters down the spines of officials in the office. This is even as Read More

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Gaidam pays November salary

December 1, 2017 Editorial IV 0

By Musa M. Buba Damaturu Governor Ibrahim Gaidam of Yobe state has granted approval for the payment of workers’ November salary. The directive, which has been carried out with some workers already getting their payment alerts before the federal allocation, is in apparent response to the presidential orders for state governors to pay civil servants their salaries before Christmas. The Read More