Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen
I am delighted to welcome you to the Commemorative Dinner of the 10th Anniversary of the Pension Reform in Nigeria holding in Lagos. We are highly honored by the presence of all our distinguished guests at tonight’s occasion, amidst your engaging commitments. This Dinner is being held as part of the commemorative activities of the 10th Anniversary of the implementation of the Pension Reform in Nigeria which commenced at Abuja in July, 2014. It would be recalled that these activities were kick started with the successful hosting by Nigeria, through PenCom, of the maiden World Pension Summit ‘Africa Special’, organized in collaboration with the World Pension Summit Organization, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. It was followed by the Commemorative Gala held at the Presidential Villa, Abuja where some Icons of the Pension Reform were also recognized for their various distinguished roles in its actualization. It is noteworthy to mention that His Excellency, President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, GCFR was present at both events as Special Guest of Honour, which was indicative of the Government’s commitment to the pension industry and confidence in its modest accomplishments. This event therefore, commemorates the milestone of a journey which sought to break Nigeria away from an endless cycle of despair in its pension sector and launch it into a new era of blissful retirement for all employees. The assemblage brings together private sector leaders, the Icons of the pension reform and other important stakeholders to celebrate as well as usher in the strategic focus of the reform as it transits into the next decade.