Re­tire­ment in Nige­ria comes with fear, anx­i­ety- Iheama

Daily Trust - - BUSINESS - By Fran­cis Arinze Iloani

As re­tire­ment draws near, most po­ten­tial re­tirees are bur­dened with fear of the un­known, anx­i­ety and near heart at­tack.

Speak­ing dur­ing the in­au­gu­ra­tion of the pioneer Coun­cil of the In­sti­tute of Re­tire­ment Man­age­ment, Nige­ria, in Abuja, re­cently, the Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor of the In­sti­tute, Dr. C. Iheama, said the un­founded fears leads to neg­a­tive at­ti­tudes like com­pla­cency, fal­si­fi­ca­tion of records and large scale cor­rup­tion.

“Th­ese fears need not be and there­fore must be checked for the ben­e­fit of our so­ci­ety,” Dr. Iheama told the Coun­cil.

The Chair­man of the Coun­cil, Al­haji Isa Bello Sali, said the In­sti­tute would serve as an ad­vo­cacy group to ad­dress is­sues in the pen­sion sec­tor in the coun­try.

Sali said the in­sti­tute would be in­volved in ca­pac­ity de­vel­op­ment for play­ers in the pen­sion in­dus­try as well as in­volve in ro­bust en­gage­ment with stake­hold­ers to en­sure that re­tirees in the coun­try are well taken care of.

A for­mer Min­is­ter of Na­tional Plan­ning, Pro­fes­sor Osita Ogbu, who inau­gu­rated the Coun­cil, tasked mem­bers to look into re­tire­ment prepa­ra­tion for work­ers, data­base of re­tirees in the coun­try and other key is­sues af­fect­ing re­tire­ment and pen­sion in the coun­try.

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