Kano Inaugurates Committee To Address Problems Of Pensioners

From Maduabuchi Nmeribeh, Kano

Kano State Government has inaugurated Pension Reconciliation Committee that would work on the report document submitted by the Technical Committee of the State Contributory Pension Scheme headed by the former Head of Service, Alhaji Rabi’u Zakariyya.

The Committee is saddled with the responsibility of addressing the problems of pensioners in the state.

The AUTHORITY recalls that on the 23 July 2019, the Technical Committee submitted its findings and observations to the State Government through the Deputy Governor, Dr. Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna for further actions.

Inaugurating the Committee in his office on Monday, Gawuna assured that the administration of Dr. Abdullahi Ganduje is determined to addressing the problems accrued in the State Pension Board.

The Deputy Governor is expected to chair the new Committee, while the Permanent Secretary, Salary and Wages, Alhaji Sani is to serve as the Secretary of the Committee.

Members of the Committee include the State Commissioner, Ministry of Finance, Alhaji Shehu Na-Allah Kura, the State Commissioner, Ministry for Local Government, Murtala Sule Garo and Alhaji Sani Dawaki Gabasawa, Chairman, Kano State Pension Fund Trustee.

Other Members include State Chairman, Union of Pensioners, Comrade Ahmed Salisu Gwale, State Chairman National Labour Congress, Comrade Kabiru Ado Minjibir and Mu’azzam Habibu Danlkadai from REPA who is to serve as Co-Secretary for the Committee.

Gawuna listed terms of reference of the Committee, to include to identify the contributing Agencies of the Pension Funds, to ascertain the total amount to be remitted by each contributing Agencies on Monthly basis and to ascertain the actual Monthly remittance by the contributing Agencies.

The remaining terms of reference include to establish all remmitted amount by the Agencies as a result of default, to establish the total defaulting liability of the retirement benefits and recommend appropriate ways of recorvering the unlimited funds from the defaulting Agencies.

Gawuna further stated that the Committee is also given the mandate to solicit for Government’s intervention towards addressing the payment of the outstanding retirement benefits and to give any other recommendations or suggestions deemed appropriate to the Government.

” It is imperative that we should find ways that our committee can access funding and the best way to advise Government to settle the problems, the ways to fine tune and shape the Agencies in terms of fishing out all the obstacles, in terms of payment or collectiing funds that are not supposed to be, ” he added.

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