Nigerians based abroad can now participate in pension scheme

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The National Pension Commission (PenCom) has launched the enhanced contributor registration system (ECRS) which will enable Nigerians based abroad to participate in contributory pension scheme.

PenCom in a statement issued on Friday, said ECRS has been integrated with the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) for authentication of the uniqueness of individuals seeking to register under the contributory pension scheme (CPS).

“The ECRS is an electronic platform for the submission of requests by Pension Fund Administrators (PFAs) for the registration of contributors and issuance of Personal Identification Numbers (PINs). Consequently the Commission has transited from the use of the existing Contributor Registration System (CRS) to the ECRS,” the statement read.

“The ECRS provides a more dynamic and friendly user Interface and fully addresses the issues identified with the CRS. The ECRS has also The deployment of the ECRS will greatly enhance the integrity of contributors’ data and also provide a platform for the following:

“Registration of Micro Pension Plan Participants and Cross Border individuals (i.e. participants living abroad and foreigners living in Nigeria wishing to participate in the CPS).

“Electronic submission of employer code requests by Pension Fund Administrators (PFAs) on employers and the full automation of the process of issuing employer codes.

“Updates and edits of contributors’ information on the National Databank maintained by the National Pension Commission by the PFAs. The deployment of the ECRS is a major step towards the introduction of the transfer widow, which will enable contributors change to the PFAs of their choice, in line with Section 13 of the Pension Reform Act (PRA) 2014.”

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