Senate President assures police retirees on pension bill 

 

The Senate President, Senator Godswill Akpabio has assured the Nigerian Police retirees that the Senate was willing and ready to pass the Police Pension Bill on time and transmit to President Bola Tinubu for assent.

Addressing the Association of Retired Police Officers, Kaduna state chapter, during a peaceful protest at the National Assembly Abuja, where they pleaded with the Senate and House of Representatives to pass the Police Pension Bill just like the military and other security agencies, Akpabio, who was represented by the Chairman Senate Committee on Police Affairs, Senator AbdulHamid Malamadori, assured the retirees that once the Senate was through with the budget defence, they would ensure that they pass the bill to the third reading to hasten its passage.

“The Senate acknowledges the commitment and the sacrifices of the Nigerian Police and we are willing and ready to transmit this bill to the President to assent on time so that retired Police officers would enjoy same benefit with military and other security agencies” Senator Malamadori said.

He commended the peaceful protest conducted by the Retired Police officers, Kaduna state chapter at the National Assembly.

Malamadori assured them that immediately after the budget defence, they would invite the Inspector General of Police to discuss on how to exit them from the contributory pension scheme. “Due to the seriousness of your matter, the Senate Committee on Police Affairs would invite the IG to the Senate to deliberate on how to remove the police retirees from the Contributory Pension Scheme.” 

Leading the protest to the National Assembly, Abuja, Chairman of the Retired Police officers, Kaduna state chapter, Retd CSP, Mannir Lawal Zaria said the Nigerian Police retirees under the scheme are dying in silence. He said the 9th National Assembly passed the Police Pension Bill since June this year to exit the Nigeria Police from the contributory pension scheme and the establishment of the Police Pension board but President Muhammadu Buhari didn’t assent to the bill before leaving office.

CSP Lawal Zaria (Retd) said the living condition of their members is deteriorating and they die daily of simple causes. “If you look at our number here, we are very few because many of us have died already. Those alive are semi-paralysed because of poverty; ordinary malaria, they cannot treat. 

“What type of country is this; where are we heading to? The most annoying thing again, the Federal Government approved 2.5% increment of our own money, but surprisingly Pencom refused to pay us saying they are going to put it in our salary savings account. Is that the right thing”, he wondered.