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You Can Now Use Your Pension for Mortgage; PenCom Tells Nigerian Workers

Nigerian workers can now use 25 percent of their Retirement Savings Account (RSA) as equity contribution for mortgages. 

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Nigerian workers can now use 25 percent of their Retirement Savings Account (RSA) as equity contribution for mortgages. 

The National Pension Commission (PenCom) made the announcement in a statement made available to the press.

According to the commission, Nigerian workers can use 25 percent of their Retirement Savings Account as equity contribution toward their mortgage. The commission explained that the approval is in line with Section 89 Sub Section 2 of the Pension Reform Act, 2014. 

Both salaried employees and self-employed persons can take advantage of the new service albeit after they have met certain conditions. 

Part of the conditions require the applicant (RSA Holder) to be in active employment and must have an offer letter for the property which must be duly signed by the property owner and verified by the mortgage lender.  

The Retirement Savings Account (RSA) of the applicant must also be active for at least five years with both the employer and employee making the mandatory contributions. 

While any RSA holders with less than three years to retirement are not eligible, couples who are both RSA holders can submit a joint application subject that both individuals satisfy all the requirements. 

Meanwhile, Investors King learnt that the news generated mixed feelings among the concerned workers. A number of people commended the new development while some pick hole in it.

Abiodun Bamiduro who commented on the official twitter handle of PenCom (@PenComNig)  said ”  This is long overdue. Better late than never though. Can you also look into the need of RSA holders who are over 50 years of age to access part of their balance for investment in Agriculture before they retire. Starting after retirement makes it more complicated”. Abiodun concluded.

Another commentator, David Ezennia said “Long awaited good news for developers in the real estate sector”. An elated commentator who goes by the name Proudly Nigeria said ” From Monday, I will storm my PFA to inform them and also meet with my mortgage banker to fashion out how to access the fund”. 

The National Pension Commission otherwise known as PenCom was established by the Pension Reform Act 2004, to regulate, supervise and ensure the effective administration of pension matters in Nigeria. PenCom gives licence to Pension Fund Administrators (PFAs) and also oversees pension policy guidelines to protect the interest of the Nigerian workers. 

 

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Pension Fund Administrators Channel N130 Billion into Infrastructure Investments

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Pension Fund Administrators (PFAs) have strategically invested N130.18 billion from the Contributory Pension Scheme into infrastructure projects by the end of September 2023.

The data from the National Pension Commission reveals the commitment of PFAs to diversifying their investment portfolio while maintaining compliance with the Pension Reform Act of 2014.

As of the reporting period, the total assets under the Contributory Pension Scheme amounted to N17.35 trillion.

In addition to infrastructure investments, PFAs directed funds into various avenues, including domestic and foreign ordinary shares, federal and state governments’ securities, and money market instruments.

The investment strategy aligns with the amended investment regulation introduced by the commission.

The regulation outlines stringent requirements to ensure prudent and compliant investment practices in line with the provisions of the Pension Reform Act.

It emphasizes that pension fund custodians should adhere to written instructions from licensed PFAs regarding the investment and management of pension fund assets.

The regulation also sets guidelines for allowable investments outside Nigeria, and PFAs are cautioned against contracting out the custody of pension fund assets to third parties without prior approval.

This strategic approach not only upholds regulatory standards but also serves the long-term interests of contributors, ensuring a balanced and diversified investment portfolio.

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Federal Government Completes N1.02 Billion Payment to Power and Transport Pensioners

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The Federal Government announced the successful disbursement of N1.02 billion to 7,091 pensioners from the Power and Transport Sectors of the Parastatals Pension Department.

This vital step to fulfill pension obligations was revealed by Olugbenga Ajayi, the Head of the Corporate Communications Unit at the Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate (PTAD), in a statement released on Sunday.

The allocated sum accounts for 39% of the accrued pension arrears owed to retirees in these sectors for the period spanning from August 2015 to September 2023.

The process involved a meticulous calculation of each pensioner’s monthly pension based on their career details, salary structure, and applicable pension increments.

This commendable initiative stemmed from the realization that 7,091 pensioners in the power and transport sector were receiving inadequate pension payments due to discrepancies within the inherited payroll system managed by PTAD.

Dr. Chioma Ejikeme, the Executive Secretary of PTAD, reiterated the government’s commitment to upholding fairness, equity, and justice, ensuring that every pensioner receives their rightful pension under the Defined Benefit Scheme.

Dr. Ejikeme also assured federal pensioners that the payment of accrued pension arrears would continue until all obligations are satisfied, subject to the availability of government funding.

This announcement underscores the government’s unwavering dedication to the welfare of retirees and is a significant milestone in addressing outstanding pension liabilities in the country.

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Nigeria’s Pension Industry Reaches New Milestone as 10 Million RSAs and N16.76 Trillion in Assets

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The National Pension Commission (PenCom) announced that as of the end of the third quarter of 2023, the number of Retirement Savings Accounts (RSAs) under its Contributory Pension Scheme (CPS) has surged to 10 million.

What’s more, the pension assets under current management are now worth N16.76 trillion in today’s value.

During an interactive session held in Kano for the organized private sector, Dr. Umar Farouk Aminu, Commissioner of Administration at PenCom, delivered the news on behalf of Director General Aisha Dahir-Umar.

Aminu highlighted PenCom’s substantial strides in ensuring a seamless implementation of the CPS, emphasizing their focus on deploying the Enhanced Contributors Registration System (ECRS) within the pension industry.

Dahir-Umar acknowledged the rapid growth of Nigeria’s pension sector, underlining the introduction of the Data Recapture Exercise (DRE).

The DRE mandates all RSA holders who joined the CPS before July 1, 2019, to update their information with their respective Pension Fund Administrators (PFAs).

Furthermore, PenCom has successfully transferred contributions worth N10.20 billion to the RSAs of 142,486 NSITF Scheme contributors. They continue to prioritize the smooth transition of NSITF contributions into RSAs.

This milestone was celebrated at an interactive session in Lagos, where calls for collaboration among all stakeholders were reiterated.

The introduction of the RSA Transfer System (RTS) in 2020 was highlighted, showcasing its significant impact on improving service delivery by PFAs.

Adewale Smatt Oyerinde, the Director General of NECA, expressed optimism that these developments and deliberations would drive further advancements in Nigeria’s pension sector.

The achievements underscore the growing importance of prudent financial planning and management in the country.

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