By Lamin B. Darboe, Information Officer, PMO
Deputies at the National Assembly on Monday February 21, 2022, approved Public Service Pensions Bill 2022 during the First Ordinary Session of the National Assembly in the 2022 Legislative Year. The bill was tabled before the deputies by the Vice President, Dr. Isatou Touray at the National Assembly Chambers.
Expressing his delight on the approval of the bill, Permanent Secretary (PS) at PMO, Lamin Jawara commended the Speaker of the National Assembly, Mariam Jack-Denton and deputies for approving the Public Service Pension Bill 2022.
He described the approval of the bill as timely, adding that the new bill will also allow Civil Servants to stay in their jobs and participate effectively to any duty they are tasked to do. This bill according to PS Jawara, took PMO about three years to get it through to the National Assembly the delayed was due partly to the outbreak of Covid-19 pandemic and mainly due to thorough scrutiny the bill went through by the level of the National Assembly committees.
“The new Public Service Pensions Act has repealed the Public Service Pensions Act 1950 thus the new Act shall centralize the Pension Administration under PMO,” Jawara revealed. He explained that this will undoubtedly reduce the cumbersome beaucracy currently being associated with Government pension process.
According to PS Jawara, the new Act shall be contributory as oppose to the current one which is a non-contributory scheme, citing that the new formula for computing pension and gratuity will give Civil Servants enhance pension and gratuity.
Because of its contributory nature, it shall provide civil servants new benefits for five years, access to some benefits upon resignation, a provision for a missing member just to mention few.