She said the objective of the workshop was to assist prospective retirees achieve easy transition to retirement life, come 2019.
She said the main verification and enrollment of prospective 2019 retirees would take place nationwide from June 23 to August 17.
“One of the salient objectives of the Pension Reform Act (PRA 2014) is to make pension administration transparent and seamless.
“Accordingly, the Commission has established uniform set of rules, regulations and standards for all aspects of pension administration, including payment of retirement benefits to retirees,” she said.
Dahir-Umar urged prospective retirees to express their fears so that the commission would do everything it could to address their challenges and make retirement life more comfortable for the future retirees.
He said because of the arrears owed to workers who retired over a year ago, retirement now poses a major fear for civil servants on the verge of retirement.
“PENCOM should be able to articulate its budget for a year in good time, submit it and then mount pressure on government to pay up the benefits, otherwise we will continue to go through this problem,” he said.
The Director, Corporate Communications, PENCOM, Mr Peter Aghahowa, blamed the delay in payment to retirees on under appropriation by the Federal Government.
“The outstanding amount for accrued rights has been communicated to government and in previous times, what was appropriated was not enough.
“Once we communicate a figure to government and if money is not released completely, retirees will be affected because these are absolute figures of verified retirees,” he said.
Aghahowa called on retirees to be patient and that PENCOM would continue to mount pressure on the government to clear its outstanding pension backlog. (NAN)