By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo
A member of the House of Representatives, representing Ede, Ejigbo and Egbedore Federal Constituency, Hon. Bamidele Salam has expressed concern over what he described as the stiff resistance of some Nigerians to the introduction of technology in the pension system.
Salam, who is the Vice Chairman, standing committee on pension explained that the introduction of technology to the pension system of Nigeria would ensure transparency as well as speed payment of pensioners’ entitlements.
Addressing journalists in Ede, during the official opening ceremony of a constituency office on Monday, he stressed that the automation of the pension system would prevent diversion and denial of pensioners’ entitlements.
Salam, a member of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) said that he would push for the introduction of full technology in identifying the pensioners, verifying the pensioners, and ensuring that the fund that are meant for them are not diverted nor kept away from them.
His words: “one of the things I believe is wrong with our pension system is that we refused to employ technology in Nigeria. I don’t know why Nigeria is afraid of technology.
“Technology ensures transparency, speed, it ensure that you engage people in a manner that gives them respect. I am not happy that pensioners are made to queue up for verifications every year.
“People who have put their best to the nation service for so many years, people who are on stretchers and wheelchairs are made to come from many kilometers to get their entitlements, it is because we are resisting introduction.
“Employing full technology in identifying the pensioners, verifying the pensioners, and ensuring that the fund that are meant for them are not diverted and not kept away from them
“A friend of mine who retired in the railway cooperation died without receiving his pension entitlement. I heard that some of the contributory pensioners have not received their entitlements and some of them have died in the course of waiting for their gratuities. I think it’s time for us to change that orientation,” he averred.
Salam then promised to fulfil all the promises he made during his electioneering campaign.
He stressed that he was determined to make sure he gave people of his constituency equal opportunity to strive and feel the impact of government in the constituency.
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