PFAs Restate Commitment to Deepen Pension Industry

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By Ebere Nwoji

Pension Fund Administrators (PFAs) have expressed their commitment to deepen pension penetration in the country.

The managers said they will do this through increased awareness and sensitisation of members of the public, especially employers on the need to join contributory pension scheme.

President, Pension Fund Operators Association of Nigeria (PenOp), Mr. Wale Odutola, stated this during a virtual media retreat organised for journalists recently.

Odutola, who is also the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of ARM Pension, said the operators plan to change the narratives of the pension industry.

While applauding the level of adoption of the CPS in both public and private sectors, he said, the growth in number of subscribers to about 10 million and asset base of over N11 trillion, was an indication of work being carried out by both the National Pension Commission(PenCom) and pension operators in the country.

Within those years, he said, the scheme has no record of fraud or mismanagement of funds, promising that operators will continue to improve on this feat.

PenOp, according to him, was committed to expanding the scope of the sector through increased enlightenment campaigns directed at the current and potential contributors; more engagement with various employer groups and other stakeholders as well as ensuring increased investment opportunities, hence, leading to improved investment returns on pension assets for stakeholders.

Odutola, said PenOp would continue to work with PenCom and other relevant agencies on enforcement of CPS in the country, adding that, the transfer window has come to improve the service delivery of the industry.

He said the association will continue to partner the media to increase awareness and to deepen the knowledge of the scheme and uptake by the younger population as well as encourage informal sector’s participation.

According to him, “Our corporate and branding committee has mapped out various plans and activities and we intend to engage our media partners more in the incoming years in driving our objectives and ensuring the fulfillment of our goals aimed at ensuring improved services delivery capacity of our members.”

To ensure ethical compliance, the PenOp President said, they will continue to subscribe to the tenets and constitution of the association to encourage healthy competition and good relationships amongst members.

On conflict resolution, he said, the association has put, in place, a system in this regard, noting that “there are provisions for dispute resolution and a system to deal with perceived or confirmed cases of unhealthy competition.”

Delivering her Welcome Address at the virtual media retreat, the Chairman, Brand and Communication Committee, PenOp, Mrs. Amaka Andy-Azike, who is also the Managing Director/CEO, Fidelity Pensions, said her association was embarking on several awareness campaign, in conjunction with PenCom to promote micro pension scheme and also enlighten the public on what the Retirement Savings Account Transfer System (RTS) stands for and how they can leverage on the window to switch to the PFAs of their choice.