Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

HOW MUCH WILL AN EMPLOYEE CONTRIBUTE INTO THE NEW SCHEME?

An employee shall make monthly contributions of a minimum of 7.5% of the total of his/her monthly emoluments (i.e., monthly basic salary, transport allowance and housing allowance) into his RSA.


WHAT HAPPENS IF A PFA FAILS OR IS LIQUIDATED?

The pension funds and assets in the Retirement Savings Account (RSA) are kept by the PFC and as such the liquidation of the PFA will not affect the funds and assets. Besides, every PFA is expected under the Pension Reform Act 2004 to maintain a statutory reserve fund as contingency fund to meet claims for […]


WHO IS QUALIFIED TO BE LICENCED AS A CLOSED PFA?

Any employer having existing pension fund assets worth N500,000,000 or more who also meets the requirements of the Pension Reform Act 2004may apply to the National Pension Commission for a closed PFA licence to enable it manage the pension funds of its employees directly or through its subsidiary.


WHEN WILL I HAVE ACCESS TO MONEY IN MY RSA?

Access to the RSA will only be allowed upon retirement. If an employee retires at the age of 50 years or more he/she can have immediate access to the RSA. Similarly, if an employee retires before the age of 50 years due to mental or physical incapacity, he or she can have immediate access to […]


WHAT HAPPENS TO THE CONTRIBUTIONS OF THOSEEXEMPTED FROM THE NEW SCHEME BUT HAVE MADECONTRIBUTIONS UNDER NSITF SCHEME?

The contributions into NSITF made by those exempted from the new scheme shall be computed and credited into their respective RSAs opened by the NSITF pending the retirement of such contributors.


WILL MY EMPLOYER ALSO CONTRIBUTE?

The employer shall contribute a minimum of 7.5% of the employee’s monthly emoluments towards the retirement benefits of the employee.


WHO CAN I COMPLAIN TO IF I HAVE A PROBLEM WITH A PFA?

The Pension Reform Act 2004 allows any employee to complain about any PFA to the National Pension Commission.


CAN ANY EMPLOYER BE ALLOWED TO CONTINUE TO MAINTAIN ITS EXISTING SCHEME IF THE TOTAL ASSETS IN THE SCHEME IS LESS THAN N500,000,000?

Any employer with existing scheme of less that N500,000,000 can still maintain the scheme but the scheme will have to be administered by a PFA separate from the organisation.


WILL GRATUITY BE PAID UNDER THE NEW SCHEME?

Upon retirement, an employee can draw a lump sum (by whatever name called) from the balance standing to the credit of his/her RSA provided the balance after the withdrawal could provide an annuity or fund monthly payments that would not be less than 50% of his monthly pay as at the date of his retirement. […]


IS AN EMPLOYER IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR OPERATING ADEFINED BENEFIT SCHEME REQUIRED TO OPEN RSAs FOR HISEMPLOYEES AND CREDIT ACCRUED PENSION RIGHTS?

Any company operating a defined benefit scheme that is desirous of continuing the scheme must, in addition to satisfying other conditions specified in the Act, open RSAs so that the pension funds can be held by a custodian. Computation of the accrued pension rights to be credited to the RSAs shall be done by actuarial […]


CAN THE EMPLOYER MAKE THE TOTAL CONTRIBUTIONS ON BEHALF OF THE EMPLOYEE?

An employer can make all the contributions on behalf of the employee without making any deduction from the employee’s salary except that such contribution by the employer shall not be less than 15% of the monthly emoluments of the employee.


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