The Federal Government on Monday in Abuja inaugurated a 25-member Federal Civil Service Pension Complaints Resolution Committee to address various complaints of pensioners in the country.
Bukar Aji, the head of civil service of the federation, at the inauguration said that pension administration in Nigeria had been tumultuous and problematic.
Aji said that the office had in November assumed the responsibility for direct monthly pension payments, which had progressed, but with difficulties.
He said, “There have been various complaints from pensioners in the process, which includes omission of pensioners’ names from the payroll, non-payment of gratuity and death benefits.
“Others are harmonisation of six percent and 15 percent for some pensioners, short, payment and irregular payment of pension.
“The complaints also include the payment of long standing arrears for both federal and state pensioners with federal share and non-enrolment for monthly pension, among others.
“I wish to reassure all pensioners and indeed the entire nation that under my watch, we will run an open and transparent system.
“It is in the realisation of this objective, that I have constituted this committee to look into complaints and bring succour to senior citizens in the country”.