The National Association of Graduate Teachers has criticised the National Pensions Regulatory Authority (NPRA) for not acting on concerns raised about the Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT) acceptance forms for benefits.
The association’s president, Angel Carbonu, urged the NPRA “to take authority over organisations and bodies that it controls and make them do the right thing.”
“I was thinking that, the NPRA, immediately they received this complaint, would have issued a stop letter to SSNIT. As we speak, we have not heard what action the NPRA is taking.”
Mr. Carbonu further reiterated the concerns raised with the acceptance forms.
“Why do you go behind us and attempt to negotiate a commitment from the pensioner, so you can pay the pensioner X amount of money? I don’t think that is fair to them.”
Some retirees have gone on to petition CLOGSAG over the forms.
They fear SSNIT may be trying to shortchange them.
They also accused SSNIT of luring them to sign acceptance forms for their benefits when there are ongoing negotiations on the payment of past credits to retirees.
On the concerns with acceptance forms and attesting to account details of pensioners, SSNIT has said it has no bearing on the payment of past credits.
This was after CLOGSAG had accused SSNIT of acting unprofessionally over ongoing negotiations on the payment of past credits to retirees.
CLOGSAG insisted that SSNIT was sidestepping the procedures because the committee set up to agree on past credits to retirees was yet to agree on the percentage to be paid pensioners.
The association thus asked its members not to sign any form on their pension claims.