From left: ED Business and Personnel Administration, Malam Musa Nasr; ED Finance and Benefits Administration, Mr. Andrew Onyilokwu; MD/CEO, Mrs. Helen Da-Souza and ED Operations, Mr. Tunde Akinsola, all of Trustfund Pensions Limited, during the Company's Annual Walk for Life for Customers and Retirees in Abuja.
Trustfund Promotes Healthy Living for All
Trustfund Pensions Limited has advised its customers and retirees on the need to engage in various physical activities that will elongate their lives.
The frontline Pension Fund Administrator (PFA), gave the advice when it organized its annual fitness walk for customers and retirees, tagged: 'Trustfund Pensions Limited Walk for Life' in Abuja.
The event which also featured a medical outreach and health talk, included some few kilometres walk by th participants round the Central Area and some light exercises.
Participants at the event were encouraged to engage in various forms of physical activities to ensure they stay fit and healthy, so that they can live long to enjoy their retirement and old age.
Speaking at the annual event, the Head, Customer Relationship Management (CRM), Mrs. Emuesiri Oshodi, said the event showcases the commitment of Trustfund Pensions to the well being of its customers, retiress and staff.
According to her, “What we aim to do is to sensitise people on the importance of walking because it is recommended for all irrespective of the age bracket they belong to."
CSR In Action!
Trustfund Donates Golf Cart Bay to IBB Golf Club
Mrs. Helen Da-Souza, Managing Director/CEO, Trustfund Pensions Limited (right), and Mr. Ibrahim Sunday Ameh, Captain of the IBB International Golf and Country Club Abuja, during the presentation of the golf cart bay donated to the Club by Trustfund Pensions under its Corporate Social Responsibility initiative.
Trustfund Pensions Limited, under its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Initiative, recently donated a Golf Cart Bay to the IBB International Golf and Country Club in Abuja.
Speaking at the official presentation, the Managing Director/CEO of Trustfund Pensions, Mrs. Helen Da-Souza noted that Trustfund Pensions has a robust Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative which is geared towards impacting on the lives of “our immediate environment.”
It is in this regard, that the Company built and donated a Golf Cart Bay to the IBB Golf Club, as a way of promoting sports and encouraging healthy living amongst its customers and retirees.
She described “Golf as a game of life, adding that people who participate in it include the pre-active workers, the active workers, as well as the retirees which makes it an appropriate sport for Trustfund as a Pension Fund Administrator (PFA) to support.
Mrs. Da-Souza also reiterated that, "under our CSR Initiative, we have donated 18,000 reflective jackets to the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) because they protect lives, the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), and the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in support of their mandates.”
The Captain, Mr. Ibrahim Sunday Ameh (SAN), thanked Trustfund Pensions for the donation of the much needed Cart Bay to the Golf Club.
Pencom Proffers Solutions to MDAs’ Pension Challenge
The National Pension Commission (PenCom) has taken the bold step to address the challenges against the progress of Contributory Pension Scheme (CPS) in Federal Government’s Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) across the country.
PenCom, recently, in Lagos, gathered Pension Desk Officers (PDOs) of MDAs, mainly from the South West zone of the country, to educate them on how to handle workers’ nominal rolls and the workings of the CPS to enable them improve on their services, as well as educate other employees in their organizations.
Head, Contributions Bond Redemption Department, PenCom, Lona Loyinmi, while declaring the workshop open, said the event was organized to educate the PDOs and get first hand information from them on areas of challenges in carrying out their duties.
The Director and Head, Corporate Communications Department, Peter Aghahowa, said the commission expects the PDOs to be able to operate seamlessly and manage pension matters within their ministries, parastatals and agencies even before they escalate to PenCom and Pension Fund Administrations (PFAs).
“As part of our enlightenment programme, we are meeting with the PDOs in the South West zone as we have done in some other parts of the country. They are crucial stakeholders in the Scheme so we have to use this kind of event to educate them on the developments in pension industry.
“It is also a good session to get feedback from them because they are the pension officers in different institutions and they interact with the employees directly.
“This is why we take the workshop very seriously. It is important to us so that we can bring them up to date with the developments and they can also have the opportunity to get clarification on various issues,” he said.
Explaining the delays in pension payment and non-remittance of monthly contributions, he said: “With regards to remittance, you know that the contributions are done monthly.
“There are challenges, but if you look at where we are coming from to where we are now, you will see that there have been considerable improvements. And this is one of the reasons we have this event with the MDAs.
“The government remittances are done mostly by PenCom while pension contributions are deducted from the source and these monies are sent to Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).”
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