Anambra South Senator and Candidate of the Young Progressives Party (YPP) for the 2023 Senatorial Election, Dr Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah, on Friday, called for the exit of Nigeria Police Force from the Contributory Pension Scheme, which is being run and managed by the National Pension Commission (PENCOM).
Ubah made the call during a One-Day Public Hearing on the Police Pension Board (Establishment) Bill 2022 (SB. 1009) which was sponsored by Senator Elisha Abbo, APC, Adamawa North and the Nigerian Police Special Forces (Establishment) Bill 2022 (SB. 846) sponsored by Senator Ali Ndume, APC Borno South.
Speaking at the event which was organized by the Senate Committee on Police Affairs, Senator Ubah asked representatives of PENCOM to explain to Nigerians why the Pensions of retired Police personnel remain under the control of the Commission while other security agencies have separate units under their control.
The Anambra South Senator further maintained that in spirit of equity and justice, the Police Force like other security agencies, should be allowed to manage pensions of its retired Personnel.
Also speaking at the event, the Inspector-General of Police, Alkali Baba, represented by Deputy Inspector General of Police, Sanusi Lemu, said the Police require a separate board for management and administration of pensions of retired police personnel in the mode of the Military Pension Board.
The IGP further argued that exiting the Contributory Pension Scheme being run and managed by PENCOM is long over due for the police on account of poor services.