Nigeria’s Pension Fund assets increases to N14.27trillion

The up and increasing pension fund assets now stands at a value of N14.27trillion as at the first half of the year ended June 30, 2022.

The figure is the contribution of 9.79 registered contributors under the 18 years old contributory pension scheme.

This was disclosed on Thursday by the Director General, National Pension Commission (NPC), Mrs. Aisha Dabir-Umar at the 2022 Journalists Workshop held in Lagos.

Cross section of participants at the workshop
She revealed that all the Pension Fund Administrators have complied with the Commission’s directive to increase the minimum regulatory capital (shareholders’ fund) from N1billion to N5billion.

The DG who was represented by the Head Corporate, Communications Department, Dahir Abdulkadir, noted that “the reason for the recapitalisation exercise was to ramp up the capacity of the Pension Fund Administrators to manage the increasing number of registered contributors.”

With the theme of this year’s workshop set on ‘Increasing Informal Sector Participation in the Contributory Pension Scheme (CPS): The Case for Micro Pension Plan’, the PenCom boss said it aligns with the Commission’s objective of expanding coverage of the CPS.

“The objective is to bring in to the CPS, Nigerians working in the informal sector and those who are self employed through the micro pension plan (MPP).”

Outlining the strategic importance of MPP to PenCom, Dahir-Umar said the capturing the small-scale businesses, entertainers, professionals, petty traders, artisans and entrepreneurs will curb old-age poverty by creating the platform for the workers to contribute while working and build long-term savings to fall back on when they become old.

Photo: Mr. Obiora Ibeziako (Head, Benefits and Insurance Department, PenCom), Mr. Dauda Ahmed (Head, Micro Pensions Department, PenCom), Dr. Babatunde Alayande (Head, South-West Zonal Office, PenCom) and Mr. Abdulqadir Dahiru (Head, Corporate Communications Department, PenCom).
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