A group of retired officers of the Nigeria Correctional Service has called on the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), to include them in the National Health Insurance Scheme.
The group, under the auspices of the Retired Correctional Officers, said they were ready to pull out of the contributory pensions scheme, and requested reinstatement into NHIS.
This was contained in a statement issued by the coordinator of the group, Mr. A.bidakun Olusanya, in Akure, the Ondo capital on Tuesday.
In the statement, the group also appealed to the Senate President, Ahmed Lawan, and the Speaker House of Representatives, Mr. Fe.mi Gbajabiamila, to set every machinery in motion towards putting in place a law that will remove the retired correctional officers from the contributory pension scheme and revisit the cancellation of the NHIS to ameliorate their health challenges.
The group said, “After 35 years of meritorious services, we were subjected to untold hardship, financial kwashiorkor and perennial psychological torture under the Contributory Pensions Scheme at present and we expressed our desire to pull out of the scheme on the ground of marginalization, discrimination and unequal treatment on the payment of our pensions and other retirement benefits.
“For example, we observed that our counterparts who are exempted from the Contributor Pension Scheme received fatter monthly take home while some of us as a Chief Superintendent of Correction Service received as low as N43,000 as monthly pension.
“While our counterparts in the military and DSS receive over N200,000 as monthly take home all because they have pulled out of the contributory pensions scheme. Returning us to the old scheme (defined benefit scheme) will reduce our suffering and hardship which we are subjected to by the reason of the said Contributory Pensions Scheme.”