• Thursday, February 22, 2024
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Why we want to exit from PENCOM – Police retirees

The Bauchi State retired police officers have on Tuesday explained the reasons they want to exit from PENCOM.

During their protest rally, they described PENCOM as a killer disease and was introduced to ease the suffering of retired workers of Nigeria but it turns out to be a different thing where some organisations are filled out due to some selfish reasons.

Accordingly, the members demand the federal government and Usman Alkali Baba, Inspector General of Police (IGP), as a matter of urgency to return them to the Nigeria Police Force Pension Contributory Scheme.

Iliya John, a retired superintendent officer, who lead the protest, spoke to journalists shortly after registering their grievances to the Commissioner of Police, Aminu Alhassan at command headquarters, in Bauchi, regrettably said that their members are dying due to the way and manner they were frustrated by the Pencom.

John said that the members are due to collect one-third of their entitlements after retirement, which he argued is the cause of their suffering.

“Many of our members are dying because they are collecting less at the end of the month as a pension. Whereas our other colleagues at various MDAs were collecting more than that amount”,

On his part, the Commissioner of Police, CP Aminu Alhassan thanked the retired police officers for their maturity and the orderly manner they conducted themselves to register their grievances.

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CP Alhassan urged them to remain calm and assured them of his support and the Command towards ensuring that their request is heard by the higher authorities.

“I promised that your letter will get to the Inspector General of Police without wasting time, I also assure you of my support and command’s support in all your demands,” CP Alhassan said.

He commended them for their positive thinking in choosing the Police Contributory Scheme and promised them better services.