From Muawuya Bala Idris, Katsina
Katsina State House of Assembly has organized public hearing on Contributory Pension Bill.
The public hearing was organized to attract stakeholders on the proposed bill before passing it into law.
Speaking at the occasion, Speaker Tasiu Musa Maigari said the public hearing engaged public on the policies that affect them.
Maigari said the event was not a forum for debate; rather it was a gathering for providing, obtaining and exchanging knowledge and information.
He said the stakeholders have a stake in the pension bill, urging them to contribute meaningfully to make it a success.
He charged members of the committee to carefully analyze all the views aggregated at the hearing and consider them on merit.
In his speech, the chairman, Adhoc Committee on Public Hearing, Engr. Dalhatu Tafoki, said the bill has reached second reading and is presently at the committee stage for scrutiny.
Tafoki, who is also Deputy Speaker of the House, said the event was to allow public to provide inputs in the process of passing the bill.
In his speech, the Special Adviser on Labour Matters, Comrade Tanimu Saulawa, commended the House for organizing the public hearing to allow for inputs from stakeholders.
He said Katsina would borrow Jigawa model, calling on workers not to entertain fear on the scheme.
Our correspondent reports that during the public hearing, coalition of Civil Society Organizations, Nigerian Labour Congress, Local Government Service Commission, Office of the Head of Service, Civil Service Commission and Pension Trust Fund among others presented position papers.
They supported implementation of the pension scheme and made some recommendations for its successful implementation.