Nigeria: Pension Assets Climb To N6.4tn

Nigeria’s total pension assets under the Contributory Pension Scheme, CPS, has risen to N6.4tn as at the end of April this year.

Available statistics showed that 55 per cent of the fund, totalling N3.6tn, was invested in Federal Government bonds.According to the National Pensions Commission, PenCom which regulates the Sector, the fund rose from N4.6tn at the end of the 2014 financial period to N5.3tn in 2015.

The Pension Fund Administrators invested N1.01tn, which is about 15 percent of the total, in treasury bills.

The operators invested N480.69bn (7.4 per cent), N311.08bn (4.7 per cent) and N219.33bn (3.3 percent) of the total fund in domestic ordinary shares, corporate debt securities and real estate properties, respectively.

The operators invested N126.18bn and N91.58bn in state government securities and supra-national bonds, which represented about 1.94 per cent and 1.41 per cent of the fund.

Remaining part of the fund was invested in agency bonds, supra-national bonds, commercial papers, foreign money market securities, and open/close-end funds.

Other investment portfolios where the operators invested the fund are REITS, private equity funds, infrastructure funds, cash and other assets.

The commission said in terms of its regulatory and supervisory activities, it continued its consultative philosophy in regulating and supervising the industry.

It added that the risk-based examination approach was implemented as a way of promoting transparency and providing early warning signals, adding that it encouraged pension operators to regularly self-evaluate their positions.

PenCom stated that it had continued to apply various strategies to ensure compliance with the provisions of the Pension Reform Act, 2014, including the application of sanctions and collaboration with key stakeholders on public enlightenment campaigns as well as the engagement of defaulting employers through pension recovery agents employed by the commission to recover unremitted pension contributions.

The commission said a road map for the engagement of labour unions, state employees, state governments and other stakeholders to positively stimulate compliance with the CPS by state governments was also developed.

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