By Kingsley Omonobi
Abuja—The Military Pensions Board yesterday clarified that current efforts by the board to carry out harmonization of pensions of the ranks of Private soldiers to Sergeants, Brigadiers-General and above was not an attempt to increase the pension benefits of ex-military personnel.
The MPB explained that the harmonization of the pension benefits was aimed at bridging the obvious gaps existing in the collection of the pensions.
A statement giving details of the harmonization efforts, signed by Flt Lt. Ikenna Ezendu, Public Relations Officer, said: “The attention of Military Pensions Board has been drawn to numerous online information circulating among its pensioners stating wrong figures for the implementation of harmonized military pension.
“The Board, while thanking the government for approving the harmonization, hereby state that harmonization is not pension increment but a deliberate effort to bridge the gap in pensions between certain ranks of pensioners who retired before and after consolidation of salaries in July 2010.
“Therefore, pensioners should endeavour to find out the actual gap in pension between these two categories of pensioners to avoid speculation. “The mostly affected rank brackets for harmonization are Private to Sergeant as well as Brigadiers-General and above. The harmonization takes effect from August 2016.
“However, Pension Review Committee under the auspices of the Chief of Defence Staff is working assiduously to review military pension for all retirees.
“MPB, in conjunction with National Salary Income and Wages Commission, is working to ensure that approved table by Federal Government is applied during implementation. “Consequently, military pensioners and other stakeholders are advised to disregard unofficial figures being circulated for the harmonization of military pensions.”