PenCom recovers N608.55m from 25 defaulting employers

The National Pension Commission (PenCom) announced that it had collected N608.55 million from 25 companies who had deducted their workers’ monthly wages but had failed to pay them to their respective Pension Fund Administrators.

This was stated in PenCom’s first-quarter 2021 report, which our correspondent got on Tuesday.

During that time, the employers were penalized N446.17 million, according to the study.

The commission said, “Following the issuance of demand notices to defaulting employers whose pension liabilities had been established by the Recovery Agents, the sum of N608,554,747.59 representing principal contribution (N162,385,260.05) and penalty (N446,169,487.54) was recovered from 25 defaulting employers during the quarter under review.”

The report said in the first quarter, 25 states of the federation had enacted pension laws on the Contributory Pension Scheme, while seven states were at the bill stage.

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It said out of the five states operating other pension schemes, four states had adopted the Contributory Defined Benefits Scheme, while one (Yobe State) operated the Defined Benefits Scheme.

According to the Pension Reform Act 2014, employers are mandated to remit 18 per cent of the workers’ monthly emoluments, comprising 10 per cent contribution from the employer and eight per cent from the employee.

The commission said it continued the enhanced offsite monitoring and analysis of pension operators due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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