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527 FCTA staff to retire in 2022 - Pension Director

Dec, 2021 | By Lydia Fulani | ||

A total of 572 serving staff of Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) will be due for retirement next year. Director, FCT Pension Department, Mrs. Elizabeth Okoli, disclosed this at a pre-retirement workshop organized by the Department in conjunction with ARM Pension Managers for the intending retirees in Abuja recently.

She said the workshop was to put the intending retirees through their paces ahead of time so that they are made aware of what is required of them to enable easy, quick and smooth processing of their final entitlements. Mrs. Okoli said: '' It is imperative to work with FCT Pension Department to ensure a smooth transition from work to retirement and it is for this purpose that the Department conducts pre-retirement workshop to provide guidance on processes and procedures involved in pension presentation for retiring officers as well as providing necessary exercise on administration of defined benefit and all others in pension- related issues.''

The Director described the 2022 retirement set as the largest number ever in FCTA history, assuring that the Administration is capable of ensuring prompt payments of benefits. She enjoined the intending retirees to process their documentation exercise a year before retirement for easy processing and tasked them to discontinue receiving salary upon exiting service, in the scenario that their salary is mistakenly not stopped as failure to do so on their part will trigger consequences.

Mrs. Okoli charged the intending retirees against resorting to underhand dealings such as paying money to anyone in a bid to get their retirement benefits, saying "do not pay money to get your retirement benefits as this is illegal. You will get your benefits without doing this." Also speaking on the occasion, ARM Pensions Regional Manager, Mrs. Temitope Moto Jesis, called on the prospective retirees not to collect loans during retirement as such could overburden them at a time in life when salary is zero.

She implored them to follow due process in doing things, such as presenting their acceptance letters at the point of retirement. Similarly, a health consultant, Dr Achimugu Samuel, in his presentation, counseled the intending retirees to always check their blood pressure, sugar levels, keep such vital records and gulp at least three litres of water thrice a day to ensure their kidneys are in perfect working condition given that many ageing persons are prone to the affliction of kidney issues.

Contributing too, Chairman, FCTA/FCDA Joint Union Action Committee (JUAC), Comrade M. Oluwakorede, encouraged the intending retirees to engage themselves in profitable activities such as farming and trading on exiting service. The labour leader lauded Mrs. Okoli's overall performance in service delivery and for operating an open door policy, disclosing that her hard work and enviable track record prompted labour to give her an award. One of the intending retirees, Mr. Primus Khanoba, who spoke on the occasion, called on the Department to come up with a comprehensive list of staff in service and those to be retired.


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