By Haruna Usman, Birnin Kebbi
The new pension policy initiated by the former president Olusegun obasanjo, which is managed by pension managers across the country may have been done with good intention, but as it stand the pension houses has become a safe haven for corruption and poor managements of retirees funds.
independent survey indicated that out of hundred of retired civil servants particularly from the federal service find it very difficult and frustrating while they make attempts to access their funds after retirements from active service due to very difficult conditions attached to it, some of the documents they require are not available for a retired civil servants to produce at a point he or she gets angry and withdraw from the process.
A couple of them who spoke to our correspondent said the process is painful and the conditions attached to it was intentional to frustrate retirees to abandoned it for them to steal, Bello Ahmed a retired civil servants from a federal agency said his pension managers gave him what they called checklist, according to him it contains all the documents required for him to be able to access his funds in their custody his words, it took me at least three weeks to assemble the listed documents but after I have gathered all of them, I went to submit they instead gave some more conditions which I cannot practically meet due to the fact that those I have submitted were the only ones I have and are the listed, he called on the federal government to come to their aid by disbanding the so called pension managers, he described them as fraudulent and incompetent.
Another retiree Haruna mustapha said that what Maina did is enough for the federal government to prescribe the useless pension houses, he lamented that alot of federal retirees died without
accessing their pension contributions due to stringents conditions attached to the process of accessing pensions funds after spending 35years in service he described those conditions as a ploy to steal retirees monies, Haruna urged them to review the policies to enable retirees to get their pension funds.