Former members of the Nigerian Correctional Service’s Contributory Pension Scheme have indicated interest in leaving the program.
The ex-workers, united under the name Former Correctional Officers, have asked President Bola Tinubu and the National Assembly to move quickly on the issue.
They claim they have received no advantages from participating in the program and have consequently opted to withdraw. Sanya Abakun, the group’s National Coordinator, released a statement in which members stressed that the Contributory Pension Scheme is unsustainable in light of the country’s high inflation rate.
Abakun stated, “Monthly pensions of retired controllers and commandants who were previously on Grade Level 15 in the paramilitary average N75,000; Deputy Controllers on Level 14 earn N65,000; Assistant Controllers on Level 13 earn N60,000; Chief Superintendents on Grade Level 12 earn N50,000; and Deputy Superintendents on Grade Level 10 earn N19,000. These figures are much lower than the salaries of their military, DSS, and law enforcement peers.
Abakun insisted that the National Assembly’s staff and other national security agencies have rejected the program for a long time due to its many problems.
Since no paramilitary organization plays a negligible role in the country’s security setup, “we believe that what is good for one group is also suitable for the other.”