IGP Egbetokun Sensitive To Improved Welfare, Pension Scheme
…… Initiates moves to proffer lasting solutions.
The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Kayode Adeolu Egbetokun has taken a determined step by initiating measures to review and potentially improve the pension regime for retired police personnel in a proactive move towards enhancing the welfare of police officers, both serving and retired.
A statement on Wednesday, 3rd January 2024 signed by the Force Public Relations Officer, Force Headquarters, Abuja, ACP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, said that since assuming office, the IGP has demonstrated unflinching determination to address the welfare concerns of Police Officers. Recall that the IGP had invited retired and serving Police Officers as well as pension experts sometime in 2023 to a meeting at the Force Headquarters, Abuja, where pending issues about Police Pensions were addressed to explore all available means of improving Police pensions. Upon scrutiny of the pending bill alongside legal and pension experts, the IGP advised a cautious approach, identifying potential challenges in the proposed pension scheme.
The statement read, “Considering these lingering concerns, the IGP remains steadfast in tirelessly advocating for the best interests of the Force. The newly formed team has therefore been entrusted with formulating a pension system that ensures every retiring police officer receives the very best for a robust post-service life. This strategic move aims to alleviate the hardships often faced by officers, post-retirement.
“The Inspector-General of Police reassures all officers, both serving and retired, that the current administration prioritizes the enhancement of police officers’ welfare, particularly concerning retirement benefits. The IGP remains resolute in ensuring a pension scheme that secures the financial well-being of officers, reinforcing the core values of commitment and service to the nation.
“The IGP therefore calls for calm among serving officers and retirees, urging all to align with the leadership of the Force as efforts are underway to craft a pension regime that better serves the interests of police retirees. Solidarity and cooperation with the Force’s leadership during this period will ensure the development of a workable Police Pension Scheme that comprehensively addresses the needs of our esteemed retired Police Officers and the betterment of the entire Police family in Nigeria.