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Nigerian Senate moves to establish Police Pension Board

The Senate Ad-Hoc Committee on Security Challenges has called for the decentralization of the Nigeria Police Force as a way of improving efficiency aimed at addressing the problem of insecurity bedeviling the country.

A bill seeking to establish the Police Pension Board, sponsored by Senator Elisha Abbo, representing Adamawa North, has scaled second reading at plenary.

The bill was read for the first time on June 14, 2022.

Leading the debate on the bill, Abbo noted that the current pension arrangement of the Nigeria Police Force, NPF, was under the Pension Commission by virtue of Section 5(1) of the Pension Reform Act 2014.

According to him, the Nigeria Police, though premier law enforcement and security agency, is left on the Contributory Pension Scheme, CPS, unlike the Army, Navy, Air Force and other security agencies that had their Pension Boards.

He said: “The resultant inclusion and continuous stay of the NPF in National Pension Commission, PenCom has placed them on the wrong end of the post-service emolument life, though the Nigeria Police are saddled with the responsibility of not only protecting the lives and property of the citizenry but also detecting and preventing crimes.”

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The lawmaker expressed dismay at the disparities between the pension and gratuity benefits of the police and those of its counterpart in the military.

Abbo said: “A cursory look at the difference between the pension and gratuity benefits of the Nigeria Police and her counterpart in the military, shows, for example, the benefit of a Deputy Superintendent of Police, DSP under the current Pension Scheme is N2.5 million. That of an Assistant Superintendent of Police, ASP is N1.5 million.

“While their equivalents of DSP in the Army (Captain), Navy (Lieutenant), Air Force (Flight Lieutenant) and the DSS (Captain) are paid N12.8 million and N10.3 million.”

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He added that ensuring equity and justice in the payment of pensions would boost the morale of serving personnel as well as enhance the standard of living of the retired personnel of the Nigerian police force.

President of the Senate, Dr Ahmad Lawan referred the bill to the Senate Committee on Police Affairs for further legislative attention.

The committee was given four weeks to report back to the chamber in plenary.

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