Olawale Ajimotokan in Abuja
The Minister of State for Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, has called on pension managers in the FCT Administration to eradicate the delay in pension contribution remittances,
She made this call at a two-day pension management system retreat organised by FCT Area Council Staff Pension Board in collaboration with the National Pension Commission.
The minister also called for prompt payment of accrued pension benefit, efficient management of group life assurance scheme, timely compliance reporting and issuance of sanctions where necessary.
She commended the giant strides of the FCT Area Council Staff Pension Board in developing a sustainable service charter to guide staff, stakeholders and the public towards accessing prompt pension services, stressing that the provision of sustainable service was in line with the present administrations next level agenda anchored on good governance.
Aliyu used the forum to task stakeholders and participants to assess the progress of contributory pension system in the FCT with a view to making sacrifices towards a sustainable pension regime, just as she urged the FCT Area Councils and agencies to domesticate performance assessment towards effective service delivery in line with Mr. President directive to introduce performance measurement at all levels of administration.
While speaking on the theme: “Service Charter a panacea for improved pensio delivery”, the minister noted that this year edition was poised to discuss issues of service delivery and central transfer system introduced by the National Pension Commission, while calling on stakeholders to come up with workable solution to improve pension remittances and services in general.
She, however, expressed the confident that the calibre of resource persons and participants present at the retreat would guarantee sustainable pension service delivery in the FCT.
Earlier, the FCT Permanent Secretary, Mr. Olusade Adesola, said that the retreat would improve efficient service delivery within the area council, adding that FCT Administration has always given top priority to pension issues.