FAQ

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Quick Guide to Pensions
  1. What is this new pension scheme?This new pension scheme is contributory, fully funded, privately managed, third party custody of the funds and assets and based on individual accounts. It ensures that everyone who has worked receives his/her retirement benefits as and when due.
  2. Who is covered by the new pension scheme?The new pension scheme covers all employees in the public service of the Federation, the Federal Capital Territory and the private sector of the economy.
  3. Who is exempted from the new pension scheme?The existing pensioners, employees who have 3 years or less to retire and the categories of persons covered by the provisions of section 291 of the Constitution of Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 are exempted from the new pension scheme.
  4. Does an employee who has 3 years and 1 month to retire come under the old scheme or the new scheme?Any employee with more than 3 years to retire comes under the new pension scheme.
  5. Is the new pension scheme mandatory for all categories of employers and employees covered under the act?The new pension scheme is mandatory for all categories of employers and employees covered under the Pension Reform Act.
  6. What do you mean by preferred mode of PaymentA programmed monthly or quarterly pension benefits withdrawal/payment.
  7. Does the scheme allow a retiree to withdraw the balance of the RSA at once?No! A lump sum from the balance of the retirement savings account may be withdrawn, provided the amount remaining after the lump sum withdrawal shall be sufficient to procure an annuity or fund programmed withdrawals.
  8. How else can I access my benefits from the scheme apart from going through the Programmed Withdrawal?A purchase of annuity for life through a licensed life insurance company with monthly or quarterly payments.
  9. What are the benefits of the scheme to retirees?It ensures that the retiree receives his or her benefits as and when due. In addition, it enables the retiree to have a steady income during retirement.
  10. At what time is the fund beneficial to me?It is beneficial to the employee when he or she gets to the age of 50 years or retires (whichever is later) or in case of physical disabilities or prolonged unemployment.
  11. What happens to the Pension fund or RSA upon death?The beneficiary (ies) of the employee as stated in a Will (or letter of administration in the absence of a Will) admitted to Probate, becomes the beneficiary (ies) of the benefits in the RSA.
  12. Can I borrow from the balance in my RSA?No! The Pension Reform Act 2004 specifically prohibits this.
  13. What is going to happen to previous contributions to NSITF?Funds contributed by any person to the NSITF shall be computed and credited to the Retirement Savings Account of the contributor in his present PFA five years from commencement of the scheme.
  14. How do I know what returns are made on my Retirement Savings Account?These are provided in quarterly statements and can be calculated by the growth in the unit price over the period.
  15. Are PFAs going to handle the administration of retirement benefit differently?The National Pension Commission has established a uniform set of rules and regulations for the administration and payment of retirement benefits in both the public and private sectors.
  16. Who pays my Gratuity?The PFAs in New Pension Scheme do not pay Gratuity, however the retiree is entitle to a Lump sum payment, from the balance standing to the credit of his retirement savings account at retirement.
  17. What percentage of my RSA can I withdraw as lump sum at retirement?A retiree is entitle to the statutory 25% of the RSA balance as a lump sum but however, a retiree may also be able to withdraw up to 50% provided the amount remaining after the lump sum withdrawal shall be sufficient to pay his or her pension i.e. procure an annuity or fund programmed withdrawal.
  18. What day of the Month is My Pension Payment Due?Your monthly Pension payment is due on 24th of every month.
  19. How do I follow-up on the Status of My Retirement Saving Account at Retirement?A retiree must be issued a quarterly statement of account. The retiree can also access information on the retirement savings account via the internet or contact the Pension fund administrator for, update at any given period within the expected due date for a statement of account.
  20. What happens to the balance standing to the retirement savings account at death?The balance on the retirement savings account and the interest accrued shall be paid en bloc to the beneficiary (ies) of the deceased retiree, as represented in the Will or Letter of Administration.
  21. Can I change my Next of Kin at retirement?Yes.
  22. Can I receive my monthly pension payment by cheque directly?No. Your bank account as designated by your good-self shall be credited by the Pension Fund Custodian on a monthly basis.
The Introduction Of The New Pension Scheme

WHAT IS THIS NEW PENSION SCHEME?

This new pension scheme is contributory, fully funded, privately managed, third party custody of funds and assets and based on individual accounts. It ensures that everyone who has worked receives his/her retirement benefits as and when due.

 

2.      WHO IS COVERED BY THE NEW PENSION SCHEME?

The new pension scheme covers all employees in the public service of the federation, the federal capital territory and the private sector of the economy.

 

3.      WHO IS EXEMPTED FROM THE NEW PENSION SCHEME?

The existing pensioners, employees who have 3 years or less to retire and the categories of persons covered by the provisions of section 2911 of the constitution of the federal republic of Nigeria 1999 are exempted from the new pension scheme.

 

4.      DOES AN EMPLOYEE WHO HAS 3 YEARS AND 1 MONTH TO RETIRE COME UNDER THE OLD SCHEME OR THE NEW SCHEME?

Any employee with more than 3 years to retire comes under the new pension scheme.

 

5.      IS THE NEW PENSION SCHEME MANDATORY FOR ALL CATEGORIES OF EMPLOYERS AND EMPLOYEES COVERED UNDER THE ACT?

The new pension scheme is mandatory for all categories of employers and employees covered under the pension reform act.

 

6.      IS THE PRIVATE SECTOR PENSION BEING MERGED WITH THE PUBLIC SECTOR?

There is no merger of private sector pension with that of the public sector pension since the sources of funding are not the same. However, both are now being regulated under the same rules and regulations.

 

7.      WHAT IS THE MAIN OBJECTIVE OF THE NEW PENSION SCHEME?

One of the main objectives of the pension reform is to ensure that every person that worked in either the public or private sector in Nigeria receives his/her retirement benefits as and when due.

 

8.      HOW IS THE NEW PENSION SCHEME DIFFERENT FROM THE OLD PENSION SCHEME?

Most of the old pension schemes were not fully funded. Therefore, upon retirement, there were no ready funds to pay the pensioners. The new pension scheme is fully funded. Money is contributed into individual employee’s Retirement Savings Account (RSA) and when he/she retires; there will be money in his/her RSA to pay his pension.

 

9.      WILL PRIVATE SECTOR PENSION SCHEMES BE ALLOWED TO CONTINUE?

Private sector pension schemes will be allowed to continue provided if there is evidence to show that the pension scheme is fully funded at all times, any shortfall made up within 90 days, pension fund assets are held segregated from the assets of the employer/company, the pension fund assets are held by a licenced custodian and the scheme is specifically approved by the National Pension Commission.

 

10.  HOW MUCH WILL AN EMPLOYEE CONTRIBUTE INTO THE NEW SCHEME?

An employee shall make monthly contributions of a minimum of 7.5& of the total of his/her monthly emolument (i.e., monthly basic salary, transport allowance and housing allowance into his RSA.

 

11.  WILL MY EMPLOYER ALSO CONTRIBUTE?

The employer shall contribute a minimum of 7.5% of the employee’s monthly emoluments towards the retirement benefits of the employee.

 

12.  CAN THE EMPLOYER MAKE THE TOTAL CONTRIBUTIONS ON BEHALF OF THE EMPLOYEE?

An employer can make all the contributions on behalf of the employee without making any deductions from the employee’s salary except that such contribution by the employer shall not be less than 15% of the monthly emoluments of the employee.

Your contributions are just savings out of your emoluments towards your old age and the employer’s contribution will only increase such savings.

 

14.  ARE PENSION CONTRIBUTIONS PAID TO THE PFA?

Pension contributions are paid directly to the PFC to be held on the order of the PFA.

 

15.  WHAT DOES ‘’FULLY FUNDED’’ PENSION SCHEME MEAN?

A fully funded pension scheme exist where pension funds and assets match pension liabilities at any given time.

 

16.  WHAT IS A RETIREMENT SAVINGS ACCOUNT (RSA)?

Every employee or contributor under the new pension scheme is expected to open RSA in his/her name with a PFA of his/her choice into which all his/her contributions and returns on investment are paid.

 

17.  IS THE RSA OPERATED LIKE A BANK ACCOUNT?

The RSA is similar to a bank account except that no contributor can withdraw money from the RSA before his/her retirement. The PFA is required to invest the money and issue statements of account at least once every quarter to the contributor.

 

18.  HOW DOES MOVEMENT FROM ONE EMPLOYMENT TO ANOTHER AFFECT PENSION?

Movement from one employment to another does not affect pension under the new pension scheme. The reform has removed the bottleneck associated with transfer of service from one organisation to another, especially with regard to qualification for pension and sharing formula for payment of pension s between employers.

Transitional Arrangments From The Old Pension Scheme Into The New Pension Scheme

1.WHAT HAPPENS TO THE RETIREMENT BENEFITS OF AN EMPLOYEE WHO IS ALREADY UNDER A PENSION SCHEME BEFORE THE COMMENCEMENT OF THE NEW PENSION SCHEME?

Employee’s right to accrued retirement benefits for the previous years he/she has been in employment is guaranteed by the Pension Reform Act 2004. In the case of the public service of the federation and federal capital territory, where pension scheme was unfunded, the right would be acknowledged through the issuance of a Federal government Retirement Bond to such employee. The bond will be redeemable upon retirement of the employee.

2.HOW WILL THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT FUND THE REDEMPTION BONDS?

The federal government has established Retirement Benefits Bond redemption Fund Account in the central bank of Nigeria. The federal Government is already making a monthly payment into the fund of an amount equal to 5% of the total monthly wage bill payable to all employees of the Federal Capital Territory.

3.HOW WILL THE AACRUED BENEFITS UNDER EXISTING FUNDED DEFINED BENEFITS SCHEMES BE HANDLED?

In the case of funded pension schemes in the public service of the federation and private sector, employers shall undertake actuarial valuation of the employee’s accrued benefits and credit the Retirement Savings Accounts (RSAs) of its employees with such funds and in the events of any deficiency, the shortfall shall become a debt and shall be treated with same priority as salaries owed. The employer shall also issue a written acknowledgement of the debt and take steps to meet the shortfall.

4.WHAT WILLHAPPEN TO EXISTING PENSIONERS IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR?

Pension Boards in the private sector existing before the coming into force of the Pension Reform Act 2004 will continue to administer the pensions of the existing pensioners and the National Pension Commission will supervise such boards.

5.WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO EXISTING PENSIONERS IN THE PUBLIC SECTOR?

In the public service, pension Departments have been created to carry out the functions of the relevant pension boards or offices in the public service of the Federation and Federal capital Territory with a view to making regular and prompt payment of pension to existing pensioners.

6.WHERE AN EMPLOYEE THAT HAS MORE THAN 3 YEARS TO RETIRE DECIDES TO RETIRE NOW, HOW WILL HIS BENEFIT BE HANDLED?

An actuarial valuation of his/her accrued retirement benefits will be made and the amount plus his contributions to date will consist of his/her retirement benefits in his/her RSA which can be accessed at the age of 5o years. Withdraws from the RSA will depend on the professional advice of the PFA having regard to the provisions of the Pension Reform Act 2004 which provides for lump sum withdrawal, programmed withdrawals or purchase of annuity.

7.WHAT HAPPENS TO MY RSA WHEN I CHANGE JOBS?

The RSA remains with the PFA of your choice for as long as you want. You simply notify your new employer of the details of the PFS that manages your account and thereafter your contributions will be sent to the custodian of the PFA.

8.WHAT HAPPENS TO THE PENSION FUNDS CONTRIBUTED UNDER THE NIGERIAN SOCIAL INSURANCE TRUST FUND (NSITF) BEFORE THE NEW PENSION SCHEME?

The pension funds contributed to the NSITF before the commencement of the new pension scheme including the income shall remain with the NSITF for a minimum period of five years from the commencement of the Pension Reform Act 2004. NSITF shall establish a company to be licenced by the National Pension Commission as a PFA which will manage the pension funds in accordance with the provisions of the Pension Reform Act 2004.

9.CAN A CONTRIBUTOR MOVE HIS CONTRIBUTIONS UNDER NSITF TO ANOTHER PFA?

A contributor or beneficiary under NSITF act can only move his pension contributions under NSITF to another PFA after a period of years from the date of commencement of the Pension Reform Act 2004.

10.CAN NSITF STILL HANDLE PENSION MATTERS UNDER THE NEW PENSION SCHEME?

NSITF will only handle pension matters of existing pensioners and those exempted by the Act who have contributed to the NSITF under the supervision of the National Pension Commission.

11.WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO NSITF AFTER COMING INTO FORCE OF ACT?

NSITF will continue to provide social security services other than pension to the country.

12.WHAT HAPPENS TO EXISTING PENSIONERS WHO MADE CONTRIBUTIONS UNDER NSITF?

Retirement benefits shall be paid to existing pensioners under the rules upon which contributions were made, under the supervision of the National Pension Commission.

 

13.WHAT HAPPENS TO THE CONTRIBUTIONS OF THOSE EXEMPTED FROM THE NEW SCHEME BUT HAVE MADE CONTRIBUTIONS UNDER NSITF SCHEME?

The contributions into NSITF made by those exempted from the new scheme shall be computed and credited into their respective RSAs opened by the NSITF pending the retirement of such contributors.

 

14.IS AN EMPLOYER IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR OPERATING A DEFINED BENEFITS SCHEME REQUIRED TO OPEN RSAs FOR HIS EMPLOYEES AND CREDIT ACCRUED PENSION RIGHTS?

Any company operating a defined benefit scheme that is desirous of continuing the scheme must, in addition to satisfying other conditions specified in the act, open RSAs so that the pension funds can be held by a custodian. Computation of the accrued pension rights to be credited to the RSAs shall be done by actuarial valuation.

Management Of The New Pension Scheme

1.HOW WILL THE MONEY CONTRIBUTED BE MANAGED?

The total contributions will be paid out by the employer directly to a pension fund custodian and will be managed and invested by the Pension Fund Administrators (PFA) of the employee’s choice.

 

2.HOW IS THE NEW SCHEME TO BE REGULATED?

The National Pension Commission is empowered by the Pension Reform Act 2004 to supervise and regulate new pension scheme.

 

3.WHAT ARE THE MAIN FUNCTIONS OF THE NATIONAL PENSION COMMISSION?

The national Pension Commission issues licences to PFAs and custodians, regulates their activities and generally formulates, directs and oversees the overall policy Guidelines on pension matters in Nigeria.

 

4.WHO IS A PENSION FUND ADMINISTRATOR (PFA)

A Pension Fund Administrator (PFA) is a company licenced by the National Pension Commission to manage and invest the pension funds in the employee’s Retirement Savings Account.

 

5.HOW DO I KNOW WHICH PFA TO CHOOSE?

The National Pension Commission will publish a list of all licensed PFAs and make it available to the public.

 

6.CAN A PFA HAVE ACCESS TO THE MONEY IN MY RSA?

The Pension Fund Administrator cannot collect or spend the pension money in the RSA.

 

7.WHO IS A ‘’CLOSED PENSION FUND ADMINISTRATOR (CPFA)?’’

Any employer managing its existing pension scheme before the enactment of the pension Reform Act 2004 may apply to the national Pension Commission to be lincenced as a Closed Pension Fund Adminstrator to continue to manage such pension scheme. A closed PFA cannot open or manage RSA for employees other than its employees or employees of its parent company if it is a subsidiary.

 

8.WHO IS QUALIFIED TO BE LICENCED AS A CLOSED PFA?

Any employer having existing pension fund assets worth N500,000,000 or more who also meets the requirements of the pension Reform Act 2004 may apply to the National Pension Commission for a closed PFA licence to enable it manage the pension funds of its employees directly or through its subsidiary.

 

9.CAN ANY EMPLOYER BE ALLOWED TO CONTINUE TO MAINTIN ITS EXISTING SCHEME IF THE TOTAL ASSETS IN THE SCHEME IS LESS THAN N500,000,000?

Any employer with existing scheme of less than N500,000,000 can still maintain the scheme but the scheme will have to be administered by a PFA separate from the organisation.

 

10.IS IT ONLYEMPLOYEES THAT JOIN AN ORGANISATION AFTER THE OMMENCEMENT OF THE PENSION REFORM ACT THAT CAN ELECT TO OPT OUT OF A CLOSED PFA?

Every employee may decide to join the contributory pension scheme or move his RSA from a closed PFA to a PFA of his choice subject to such rules and regulations as maybe issued by the National Pension Commission.

 

11.CAN A SUBSIDIARY COMPANY APPLY AS A CLOSED PFA?

A subsidiary of any company may apply for licence to operate as a closed PFA provided it satisfies the requirements of the pension Reform Act 2001.

 

12.CAN A NEW MULTINATIONAL COMPANY WITHOUT AN EXISTING PENSION FUND BUT WITH CAPACITY FOR FULLY FUNDED DEFINED BENEFIT PENSION SCHEME APPLY AS CLOSED PFA TO MANAGE THE PENSION OF ITS EMPLOYEES?

In accordance with the provisions of the pension reform Act 2004, only an employer with a pension scheme existing before the commencement of the Act can apply to be licensed as a closed PFA.

 

13.WHO IS A CUSTODIAN?

A Pension Fund Custodian (PFC) is a company licenced by the National Pension Commission to keep pension money and assets in the RSA on trust for the employee on behalf of the PFA.

 

14.WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A PFA AND A PFC?

The PFA manages and invests the pension Funds while the PFC keeps the Pension Funds and assets in safe custody and carries out transactions on behalf of the PFA.

 

15.WHAT ARE THE MINIMUM FINANCIAL REQUIREMENTS FOR A PFA OR A PFC LICENCE?

An applicant PFA must have a minimum paid up share capital of N150,000,000 while an applicant PFC must have a minimum paid up capital of N2,000,000,000 and shall be a licenced financial institution with a minimum net worth of N5,000,000,000 unimpaired by losses and has total assets of N125,000,000,000or is wholly owned by a licenced financial institution with similar financial resources.

 

16.CAN I MOVE MY ACCOUNT FROM ONE PFA TO ANOTHER?

An employee or contributor has the freedom to move his account, once a year, from one PFA to another without giving any reason(s).

 

17.WILL THE PFA CHARGE FEES FOR THEIR SERVICES?

The PFA will charge fees for the services being rendered on the RSA subject to such guidelines as may be issued by the National Pension Commission from time to time.

 

18.WHY ESTABLISH NEW COMPAINES TO BE LICENCED AS PFAs AND PFCs?

In order to ensure the safety of pension funds and to avoid mixing pension business and other businesses, it is desirable that the operators deal with pension funds only. This will enhance effective regulations and supervision.

Issues Of Good Governance And Integrity Of The New Pension Scheme

1.HOW CAN I BE SURE THAT MY CONTRIBUTIONS ARE SAFE?

All those managing or keeping custody of pension funds and assets will be licenced and continually regulated and supervised by the National Pension Commission.

 

2.WHAT IS THE GUARANTEE THAT THE PENSION FUNDS UNDER THE NEW SCHEME WILL BE WELL MANAGED AND NOT DIVERTED FOR OTHER PURPOSES?

The functions of the Pension Fund Administrator (PFA) and custodian are clearly spelt out in the Pension Reform Act 2004. The Act provides adequate safeguards against the misuse of the pension funds and assets by any operator.

 

3.WHAT HAPPENS IF A PFA FAILS OR IS LIQUIDATED?

The pension funds and assets in the Retirement Savings Account (RSA) are kept by the PFC and as such the liquidation of the PFA will not affect the funds and assets. Besides, every PFA is expected under the Pension Reform Act 2004 to maintain a statutory reserve funds as contingency fund to meet claims for which it may be liable as may be determined by National Pension Commission.

 

4.WHO CAN I COMPLAIN TO IF I HAVE A PROBLEM WITH A PFA?

The Pension Act 2004 allows you any employee to complain about any PFA to the National Pension Commission.

 

5.WHAT IS THE ROLE OF THE GOVERNMENT IN THE NEW PENSION SCHEME?

The federal Government has established the National Pension Commission and charged it with the responsibility of regulating and supervising new pension scheme.

 

6.CAN THE GOVERNMENT TAKE OR USE THE MONEY IN MY RSA FOR ANY PURPOSE?

The Government cannot temper with the pension funds in you RSA, because the Government cannot have access to the account. Besides, the Government is primarily concerned with ensuring the safety of the money in your RSA through the enforcement of strict rules and regulations.

 

7.WILL INFLATION AND DEVALUATION OF THE NAIRA NOT ERODE THE VALUE OF THE PENSION CONTRIBUTIONS?

It is the duty of the PFAs to administer the contributions and invest in such a way that will ensure safe and reasonable returns on investment. The reserve fund created by the PFAs under the Act would compensate for any erosion of the value of the contributions.

 

8.HOW COMPULSORY OR VOLUNTARY IS RETIREMENT ESPECIALLY IN THE ARMED FORCES TO BE HANDLED UNDER THE NEW SCHEME, IF THIS HAPPENS BEFORE THE AGE OF 5O YEARS?

Under the Pension Reform Act 2004 a person can voluntarily retire or be compulsorily retired before the age of 50 years on the ground of medical advice, permanent disability or due to particular terms and conditions f employment. If any person retires under any of the foregoing circumstances, he is entitled to withdraw from his RSA even though he was under the age of 50 at such retirement; provided that, in the case of retirement due to particular terms and conditions of employment, the contributor does not secure another employment after six months from the last employment.

 

9.WHAT IS THE MINIMUM OF PENSION GUARANTEEDUNDER THE NEW SCHEME?

The minimum pension guarantee shall be determined from time to time by the National Pension Commission.

 

10.IS THERE ADEQUATE REPRESNTATION OF ALL STAKEHOLDERS ON THE BOARD OF THE COMMISSION, OR IS IT DOMINATED BY GOVERNMENT APPOINTEES?

There is adequate representation of relevant stakeholders in the board of the National Pension Commission, which comprises of Representatives of the Government, Nigeria Labour Congress, The Nigerian Union of Pensioners and The Nigerian Employers Consultative Association.

 

11.DOES TE PENSION REFORM ACT REFLECT THE APPLICATION OF THE PRINCIPLES OF TRANSPARENCY AND ACCOUNTABILITY?

Yes. The new pension scheme entrenches the principles of transparency and accountability as reflected in the reporting requirement of the PFAs and PFAs to both the contributor and the National Pension Commission. An employee has the right to choose who manages his RSA and the right to receive statements of his account on quarterly basis with details of contributions made and returns on investments.

Payment Of Retirement Benefits Under The New Pension Scheme

1.WHAT IS THE RETIREMENT AGE UNDER THE PENSION REFORM ACT 2004?

The act did not stipulate any retirement age. It depends on each employee’s terms and conditions of employment.

 

2.WHAT IS THE MINIMUM PERIOD REQUIRED BY AN EMPLOYEE TO QUALIFY FOR PENSION UNDER THE NEW PENSION SCHEME?

There is no qualifying period for pension. If an employee works for an employer for one month, his pension contribution will be paid by the employer into the employee’s retirement savings account for that month. If the employee moves on the work for another employer for another year, his pension contribution will be paid by the second employer for another 1 year and it goes on and on like that.

 

3.WHEN WILL HAVE ACCESS TO MONEY IN MY RSA?

Access to the RSA will only be allowed upon retirement. If an employee retires at the age of 50 years or more he/she can have immediate access to the RSA. similarly, if an employee retires before the age of 50 years due to mental or physical incapacity, he or she can have immediate access to his/her RSA. Whereas an employee who retires under the age of 50 years in accordance with the terms and conditions of employment will not access the RSA until after six months of such retirement if he/she does not secure another employment.

 

4.WILL GRATUITY BE PAID UNDER THE NEW SCHEME?

Upon retirement, an employee can draw a lump sum (by whatever name called) from the balance standing to the credit of his/her RSA provided the balance after the withdrawal could provide an annuity or fund monthly payment that would not be less than 50% of his monthly pay as at the date of his retirement. However, an employer may choose to pay any other severance benefits (by whatever name called) over and above the retirement benefits payable to the employee subject to the terms and conditions of his employment.

 

5.SHOULD GRATUITY BE INCLUDED IN THE ACTUARIAL VALUATION FOR PURPOSES OF DETERRMINING ACCRUED PENSION RIGHTS TO BE TRANSFERRED FROM THE OLD SCHEME INTO THE RSA?

If at the commencement of the Pension Reform Act 2004, the employee is entitled to gratuity (if he were to retire on that date), the gratuity shall be computed and included in the actuarial valuation as part of the accrued pension rights of such employee.

 

6.CAN I WITHDRAW ANY PORTION OF THE AMOUNT IN MY RSA BEFORE RETIREMENT?

Withdrawals from the RSA can only be made upon retirement. However, where an employee makes additional of voluntary lump sum contributions into the RSA, he can withdraw such money before retirement or attainment of the age of 50 years.

 

7.WHAT HAPPENS TO THE BALANCE IN THE RSA AFTER ANY INITIAL LUMP SUM WITHDRAWAL?

The balance in the RSA will be used to procure an annuity that provides regular income to the contributor or fund a programmed withdrawal.

 

8.WHAT IS A PROGRAMMED WITHDRAWAL?

A programmed withdrawal is a method by which the employee collects his retirement benefits in periodic sums spread throughout the length of an estimated life span.

 

9.WHAT IS AN ANNUITY?

An annuity is an income purchased from an approved life insurance company which provides monthly or quarterly income to the retiree during his/her lifetime.

 

10.WHAT HAPPENS WHEN AN EMPLOYEE WHO HAS BEEN CONTRIBUTING UNDER THE NEW SCHEME DIES BEFORE HIS RETIREMENT?

Where an employee who has been contributing under the new pension scheme dies before his/her retirement, his retirement benefits shall be paid to his beneficiary under a will or the spouse and children of the deceased or in the absence of a wife and child, to the recorded next of kin or any person designated by him during his/her life time or in the absence of such designation, to any person appointed by the probate registry as the administrator of the estate of the deceased.

The Effects Of The New Pension Scheme On The Country's Economy

1.ARE PENSION CONTRIBUTIONS TAX FREE?

Contributions to the new pension scheme are tax free.

2.WILL TAX BE PAID ON THE PROFIT MADE FROM TRADING WITH THE MONEY IN THE RETIREMENT SAVINGS ACCOUNT (RSA)

Tax will be paid on the profit made from trading with the money in the Retirement Savings Account.

3.HOW WILL I BENEFIT FROM THE NEW PENSION SCHEME?

The new pension scheme will ensure that you receive your pension after retirement without delay.

4.HOW WILL THE NEW PENSION SCHEME HELP HE ECONOMY?

There will be a huge pool of long term funds available for investments, which will lead to national economic development.

5.HOW CAN I KNOW WHAT IS HAPPENING WITH MY MONEY?

Pension Fund Administrators (PFAs) will issue regular statements of accounts and profit from investments to the employees.

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