QUESTION OF THE DAY
Foroyaa has been reliably informed by pensioners that they have received a form from the Treasury which they have to fill indicating the choice of Bank where they want their pension entitlement to be paid.
A draft letter is also attached which a pensioner is to sign which reads:
“I hereby request you to pay all sum of money now due to me or which may become due in respect of salary to the Standard Chartered, Trust Bank, AGIB, F I Bank, Guaranty Trust Bank, ICB/FBN Bank, Access Bank, Eco Bank, BSIC, Mega Bank, Skye Bank, Zenith Bank, Supersonicz, GPFCCU, MHCCU, GAFCCU, QMoney, GTUCCU, Yonna, Reliance, Afrimoney.”
This imposition from the state is unfair to many pensioners who are not fully sensitised on how the change is to benefit them, if there are any benefits at all. The move should be voluntary and should be announced as such.
Any social welfare policy that is in the public interest should be a voluntary process and those who volunteer to adopt the policy may convince others if they see any benefit. Pensioners are the most disadvantaged people. They should not be further subjected to discomfort by bureaucratic policies.