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1.1 Background Of The Study
The purpose of occupational pension scheme is to provide employees regular and stable income after their retirement from service. It is an arrangement an employer or a group of employers use(s) to provide pension (and sometimes other) benefits for their employees when
they leave or retire . They also provide benefits to the employee’s dependant if the employee dies. This scheme is usually y funded by contributions from just the employer, or from both the employer and the employee. A good pension scheme does not only serve as all incentive to employees but 11elps to attract and retain experienced staff. According to Dike (2006) the main objective of pension fund is to provide an employee at the date of his retirement a lump sum or a stream of payment that will ensure that the retiree’s standard of living after retirement is not much different from what is obtained in the period immediately preceding his retirement.
The first pension legislation in Nigeria was enacted in 1951 by the British colonial administration. referred to as the Pension Ordinance, with retrospective effect from 1st January, 1946. The pension which was initially designed for colonial officers who were moved from post to post in the British Empire was to ensure their continuity of’ service where ever and whenever they were deployed to serve the colonial administration. When the law eventually became applicable le to Nigerians, the application was at the discretion of the Governor General. Pension was therefore not a right for Nigerians under the Ordinance. To redress this, a new Pensions Act was enacted in 1979 referred to as the Pensions Act No. 102 of 1979: retroactively effective from 1st April. 1974. The Act consolidated all enactments on pensions and incorporated pensions and gratuity scales designed for public officers by the Udoji Public Service Review Commission in 1974. It also became the basic pension law from which other pensions laws in Nigeria emerged.
The greatest challenge to government worldwide remains the issue relating to pension fund management. A financial analyst called Alexandra Forbes argues “Pension Management,
world over has become all increasing]) great concern lo most government and countries of the world “. Coming to Nigeria, the country was guided by a number of pension regimes prior to the promulgation of the pension Act 2004, pension schemes in Nigeria had been bedevilled with many pitfalls. The public service operated an unfounded defined benefit schemes and the payment of retirement benefits were budgeted annually. The annual budgetary allocation for pension was often one of the most vulnerable items in budget implementation in even where budgetary provisions were made, inadequate and untimely release of fund resulted in de lays and accumulation of arrears of payment of pens ion rights. It is then obvious that, the defined benefit scheme could not be sustained. In the private sector on the other hand, many employees were not covered by the pension scheme put in place by their employers and many other schemes were not funded. Beside where the schemes were funded, the management of the pension funds was full of malpractices between the fund management and the trustees of the pension board. The scenario agitated a re-thin k of pens ion administration in Nigeria by the then President Olusegun Obasanjo’s administration, accordingly, the administration initiated a pension reform in order to address, eliminate and eradicate the problems associated with pension reform act 2004.Good times come and go, retirement is definite, and the question the re fore is “Can people still live a good life after retirement”? The non- implementation of budgeted income to pensioners, a non-effective strategy for pension administration is seemingly a growing problem in Nigerian economy. Some retirees are forced to continue to work throughout their life not out of choice but for lack of means of sustenance at old age. They are therefore forced to go in search of menial .jobs to make ends meet, since they are not even sure of getting their pensions.
A part from the stress associated with working at old age, how relevant call an individual be at age 70 or 80 in the face of ever changing knowledge brought about by advancement in techno logy” Besides, of what use is life without rest at old age? Even where one is willing and able to continue working, the opportunity for the elderly to continue working is declining. However, it is against this backgrounds that the researcher wishes examine the effect of 2004 pension reform on public servants.
1.2 Statement of the Problem
The delay in the payments of benefits due to poor policy form at ion and implementation, in correct record keeping and inadequate accountability of public funds. The non- implementation of budgeted income to pensioners. delay in the payment and denial of pension accrued to and denial of pension accrued to pensioners leading to pensioners protesting over non-payment of pensions and noncompliance with ethics of public financial management are problem which are encountered in pension Administrative system in Nigeria. Due to this ugly occurrences the 2004 pension reform was done in other to eliminate this problem. It on this note that the study tends to examine the effect of 2004 pension reform on public servants.
1.3 Objectives of The Study
The main objective of the study is to investigate the various ways which 2004 pension reform act has effect on public servants. Other specific objective is to examine
1.4 Research Question
1.5 Research Hypotheses
Each of the hypotheses is designed to test the responses of the respondents as follows:
H01:. Both those who worked in public and private sector significantly do not receives their pension retirement benefit as at when due?
H02: Pension reform 2004 do not significantly assist individual to ensure that they save in order to cater for their livelihood during old age.
H03: Pension reform 2004 established uniform set of rules, regulations and standards do not significantly ensure the administration and payment of retirement benefits for both those in private and public sector.
H04: There is no significant indication that public servants get paid their retirement benefits as early as possible as at when due?
H05: There is no significant indication that sector receive their retirement benefit early enough as at when due?
1.6 Significance Of The Study
The study is significant since it will outline different factors that can influence effective pension scheme in Nigeria and at the same time highlight various ways of developing and enhancing pension scheme. The study will also be of benefit to both retired public servant and public servant who are still serving. For the active and serving public servant it will be of benefit in encouraging them to contribute to pension scheme and enjoy it dividend after retirement while to the retired public servant it enable them to still hope on the scheme knowing that pension scheme can enhance the standard of living after retirement.
The study outline various reasons for 2004 pension reform and how this reform can be of benefit to public servants after retirement. It also examines the relationship which exist between the objective If pension scheme and welfare of retired staff of public servants and the extent to which an effective pension scheme can be of help to retired staff and to those yet to be retired. The research will also be of importance to fellow researchers as it will serve as a source of information and reference to researchers and at the same time add to existing knowledge. It will be of help to Nigeria pension commission board in order to fully understand the need of fully implementing 2004 pension reform policies.
The scope of the study will be covering an effect of 2004 pension reform on public servant in
Nigeria public sector. On the other hand, it will also be limited to pension commission (PENCOM) and with other relevant areas such as pension scheme for civil servants, pension governance. Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund, Contributory pension scheme.
1.8 Definition of Term