Nasarawa State House of Assembly Committee on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs says the House will enact a law to allow for direct deduction of pension funds from the local governments’ allocation to ensure prompt payment of pensions to local government pensioners in the state.
Alhaji Mohammed Alkali, the Chairman of the Committee, disclosed this on Friday when the Committee paid an oversight visit to the State Pension Board in Lafia. Alkali, who frowned at non prompt remittance of pension funds by some local government chairmen, said that the House would not hesitate to direct for central deduction of the pension funds to enable pensioners to get their pensions when salaries were being paid to civil servants.
He said, ”We want to ensure that local government pensioners received 100% of their pensions in order to improve on their standard of living and that of their family members. As almost all of them are depending on their monthly pensions for their livelihood. It is in view of this that the House will enact a law for direct deduction of pension funds from the local government allocation if some chairmen who are delaying in remitting pension funds did not stop the act.”