President Buhari’s Pension Adjustment Approval: What The Circular Says

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By Chioma Godwin

President Mohammadu Buhari, has approved the consequential adjustment in the pensions of retirees, under the defined benefit scheme.

In a circular dated 28th April 2021, released from the Office of the Chairman; National Salaries, Incomes and Wages Commission (NSIWC) and signed by the Acting Chairman Ekpo U. O. Nta Esq, the consequential adjustment approval takes effect from 18th April 2019.

In full, the circular stated; “Circular: Chief of Staff to the President, Deputy Chief of Staff to the President; Office of the Vice President, Honourable Ministers/Ministers of State, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, National Security Adviser, Economic Adviser to the President, Special Advisers/Senior Special Assistants, Chief of Defence Staff/Service Chiefs/Inspector-General of Police, Governor; Central Bank of Nigeria, Chairman; Federal Civil Service Commission, Chairman; Police Service Commission, Chairman; Code of Conduct Bureau,

“Chairman; Code of Conduct Tribunal, Chairman; Federal Character Commission, Chairman; Revenue Mobilization, Allocation and Fiscal Commission, Chairman; Federal Inland Revenue Service, Chairman; Independent National Electoral Commission, Chairman; National Population Commission, Chairman; Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, Chairman; Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Chairman; National Drug Law Enforcement Agency,

“Chairman; National Assembly Service Commission, Permanent Secretaries and Heads of Extra-Ministerial Departmenté, Clerk of the National Assembly, Chief Registrar; Supreme Court of Nigeria, Secretary; National Judicial Council, Accountant-General of the Federation, Auditor-General for the Federation, Surveyor-General of the Federation, Executive Secretary; Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate, Director-General; National Pension Commission Directors-General/Chief Executives of Parastatals, Agencies and Govemment-Owned Companies.

“CONSEQUENTIAL ADJUSTMENT IN PENSIONS ARISING FROM THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE NEW NATIONAL MINIMUM WAGE, 2019. Consequent upon the implementatioh of the National Minimum Wage (Amendment) Act 2019 and consequential adjustment in the salaries of employees in the Federal Public Service, the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria has approved the consequential adjustment in the pensions of retirees, under the defined benefit scheme, of agencies on the following salary structures:

(i) Consotidated Public Service Salary Structure (CONPSS); (ii) Consolidated Researbh and Allied Institutions Salary Structure (CONRAISS); (iii) Consolidated Tertiary Instituttons Salary Structure (CONTISS ll); (iv) Consolidated University Academic Salary Structure (CONUASS II); (V) Consolidated Tertiary Educational Salary Structure (CONTEDISS); (vi) Consolidated Polytechnics and Colleges of Education Academic Salary Structure (CONPCASS);

“(vii) Consolidated Health Salary Structure (CONHESS); (viii) Consolidated Medical Salary Structure (CONMESS); (ix) Consolidated Intelligence Community Salary Structure (CONICSS); (X) Consolidated An’ned Forces Salary Structure (CONAFSS); (xi) Consolidated Police Salary Structure (CONPOSS); and (xii) ‘ Consolidated Para-miiitary Salary Structure (COMPASS). The table showing the absolute increases is attached as Annex I. 2.

“This approval takes effect from 18m April 2019 3. It should be noted that retirees of agencies that are not in any of the above-mentioned salary structures will not be entitled to these increases in their pensions.

“However, these agencies should, in line with Sections 173 (3) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigerian (as amended) and 3 (P) of NSIWC Act, apply to the Commission to determine the appropriate increases that will be applicable to their retirees. Enquiries relating to this circular should be directed to the Commission.”

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