In its efforts to ensure proper rewards to pensioners of the FCT administration, who have served the ministry to its maximum capacity, Permanent Secretary, of the Federal Capital Territory, Dr. Babatope Ajakaiye has said that the new leadership is poised to give better services to pensioners who are in the employment pay roll of capital city.
Dr. Ajakaiye made the disclosure in Abuja, while inaugurating a high-powered Ministerial Committee on Pension Matters.
The Permanent Secretary was however quick to mention that the decision to inaugurate a Committee on pension matters emanated from the Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello.
According to press statement issued by the press secretary to the permanent secretary Mr. Tony Odey, the National Pension Commission who paid courtesy call on the FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, had recommended the establishment of the Federal Capital Territory Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate.
This however, supposed to become an established institution of Group Life Insurance Policy for employees, which will guarantee the payment of three times the annual total emolument of an employee in the event of death while in active service.
This ideology is also to have an increment of funding of accrued rights of pensioner, among others.
According to the Permanent Secretary, the Committee is expected to meet with National Pension Commission and discuss extensively and come out with positive and progressive plans that will serve as future guide in the administration of pension issues in FCT.
The Permanent Secretary further explained that the urgency with which the FCT Administration inaugurated the committee shows the importance the administration places on the welfare of pensioners in the territory. He however, charged the committee members to take the assignment seriously, adding that someday, they will also join the league of pensioners.
Dr. Ajakaiye also told the committee to ensure that all discussions are in tandem with the provisions of the Pension Reform Act. While urging the committee to feel free in make independent recommendations to the authorities, without being biased.
Earlier, Chairman of the committee, Salihu Mohammed thanked the Permanent Secretary for reposing confidence in the committee to deliver on the assignment. He however, assured the committee’s readiness to deliver.