Military Pensions Board Reveals Why It Harmonized Soldiers’ Benefits

Bamidele Fashube, Abuja, Nigeria, GVE- The Military Pensions Board MPB in Nigeria, has explained reasons for  introduction of the harmonization of military pensions.
It stated that contrary to reports  widely circulated in some online media, the Harmonization is not pension increment but a deliberate effort to bridge the gap in pensions between certain ranks of pensioners who retired before and after consolidation of salaries in July 2010.
The Board, in a statement issued in Abuja on Monday by its spokesperson, Flight Lieutenant I.G Ezendu, it said the affected rank brackets are ‎Private to Sergeant as well as Brigadier General and above.
To this end, the Board urged  pensioners to find out the actual gap in pension between these two categories of pensioners to avoid speculations.
The statement reads in part: “The attention of Military Pensions Board (MPB) has been drawn to numerous online information circulating among its pensioners stating wrong figures for the implementation of harmonized military pension.
“The Board while thanking the Federal Government for approving the harmonization, wishes to categorically state that Harmonization is not pension increment rather deliberate effort to bridge the gap in pensions between certain ranks of pensioners who retired before and after consolidation of salaries in July 2010.
“The  ‎harmonization takes effect from August 2016,” it added.
It further stated that  the  Pension Review Committee under the Chief of Defence Staff is working  towards reviewing  military pension for all retirees. ‎
“MPB in conjunction with National Salary Income and Wages Commission are working to ensure that approved table by Federal Government is applied during implementation.
“Consequently, Military Pensioners and other stakeholders are advised to disregard unofficial figures being circulated for the harmonization of military pensions,”it added

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