Nigerian governors planning to borrow N17trn from pension fund – SERAP

  Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to instruct the National Pension Commission ...

 

Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to instruct the National Pension Commission (NPC) to stop state governors from borrowing N17 trillion from pension funds.

The governors had said the money would be used for infrastructural development.

They made the proposal after a briefing from Kaduna State Governor, Nasir el-Rufai, Chairman of the National Economic Council Ad Hoc Committee on Leveraging Portion of Accumulated Pension Funds for Investment in the Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA).

A letter dated December 5, 2020, and signed by SERAP’s Deputy Director, Kolawole Oluwadare, warned Buhari that approval of the governors’ request would be detrimental to the fund beneficiaries, given the corruption in Nigeria, and transparency deficit in several states.

The organization said it is contrary to the Nigerian Constitution 1999 (as amended), the Pension Reform Act, and the international anti-corruption and human rights obligations for federal and state governments to use pension funds as an escape route from years of mismanagement.

The letter copied the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami.

SERAP noted that it would be very difficult to hold governors to account for the spending of pension funds, as states have persistently failed to account for the spending of public funds including security votes.

“Pension funds should not be used to make up for the failure of governments to cut the cost of governance, persistent refusal to reduce corruption, failure to obey court orders to recover life pensions collected by former governors and their deputies, and public funds collected by corrupt electricity contractors who disappeared with the money.

“Many state governors have repeatedly failed to pay workers’ salaries and pensions; several states are failing to pay contributory pension. Allowing state governors to collect a windfall of pension funds at the expense of pensioners who continue to be denied the fruit of their labour would amount to double jeopardy.”

SERAP gave the Buhari administration 14 days to indicate the measures being taken to instruct the NPC to stop the governors’ move.

The rights group threatened legal action if their demand is not met at the end of the ultimatum.

COMMENTS

Name

BBNaija,2115,Business,2709,CampusGist,1035,Celeb,4898,celebrities,240,Comedy,8,CONFESSION,11,Education,2287,Entertainment,5552,Fashion,367,Featured,626,Gist,2037,Health,682,Job,3,Lifestyle,873,Music,153,MY STORY,37,News,77666,Opinion,734,Poem,10,Politics,12705,Relationship,210,Sponsored Contents,31,Sports,15694,Style & Travel,47,Success Stories,264,Technology,342,Video,114,
ltr
item
Saga Gist - Top Source for Nigeria News: Nigerian governors planning to borrow N17trn from pension fund – SERAP
Nigerian governors planning to borrow N17trn from pension fund – SERAP
https://dailypost.ng/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Socio-Economic-Rights-and-Accountability-Project-SERAP-1200x680-1.jpg
Saga Gist - Top Source for Nigeria News
http://www.sagagist.com.ng/2020/12/nigerian-governors-planning-to-borrow.html
http://www.sagagist.com.ng/
http://www.sagagist.com.ng/
http://www.sagagist.com.ng/2020/12/nigerian-governors-planning-to-borrow.html
true
3363430711841052055
UTF-8
Loaded All Posts Not found any posts VIEW ALL Readmore Reply Cancel reply Delete By Home PAGES POSTS View All RECOMMENDED FOR YOU LABEL ARCHIVE SEARCH ALL POSTS Not found any post match with your request Back Home Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat January February March April May June July August September October November December Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec just now 1 minute ago $$1$$ minutes ago 1 hour ago $$1$$ hours ago Yesterday $$1$$ days ago $$1$$ weeks ago more than 5 weeks ago Followers Follow THIS PREMIUM CONTENT IS LOCKED STEP 1: Share to a social network STEP 2: Click the link on your social network Copy All Code Select All Code All codes were copied to your clipboard Can not copy the codes / texts, please press [CTRL]+[C] (or CMD+C with Mac) to copy Table of Content