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Fiji National Provident Fund: ‘Take Your Pension Plans Seriously’

Many who have contributed immensely to the country and society they are not actually guided in the right way in terms of having some sort of income at old age.
01 Apr 2019 10:00
Fiji National Provident Fund: ‘Take Your Pension Plans Seriously’
Fiji National Provident Fund chief executive officer Jaoji Koroi standing left with pensioners from Suva and Nausori who turned up during the FNPF Inaugural Pensioners Day at Suva’s Grand Pacific Hotel on March 30. Photo: Lusiana Tuimaisala

People who are members of the Fiji National Provident Fund (FNPF) have been urged to think about their retirement and to make choices that ensure they live a life of dignity when they leave work.

The call came from 68-year old Devendran Kumaran, an FNPF pensioner, during the FNPF Inaugural Pensioners Day held at Suva’s Grand Pacific Hotel last Saturday.

“Being a pensioner is a worthy position,” he said.

“I invested my money with FNPF and I’m well taken care of today. If I don’t have a pension then I will be relying on my children and other savings. Pension is something that needs to be taken seriously.

“As old people we need to live a life of dignity in this country and throughout the world.

“Many who have contributed immensely to the country and society they are not actually guided in the right way in terms of having some sort of income at old age.

Pension plans

“Pensions plans should be respected, should be encouraged and people must not be allowed to withdraw money often. Because this money guarantee at the old age we are living a life of dignity. This is absolutely vital in any person’s life.

“Me and my wife we are comfortable because we both have monthly income from FNPF and we don’t have to stretch our hands to our children.

“Life is very difficult and people need money, so we need to think twice before making a decision. People are not thinking for the long run and the days after retirement.”

“This pensioners day brings together the opportunity for people to realise how fortunate we are to choose to stay on pension. A lot of people in this country withdrew their whole money when they retire.”

Mr Kumaran thanked FNPF for organising the event where they met other pensioners and shared thoughts.

“Please don’t touch your money, and FNPF is a greatest investment anyone can make in future life,” he said.

Mr Kumaran advised young working people and those who were about to retire to think and save their FNPF money for their retirement.

Fun day

FNPF chief executive officer Jaoji Koroi said the main purpose of the fun day was to have time with the pensioners, sit, connect and understand them more.

Mr Koroi said there was a total of more than 7000 pensioners nationwide.

“We are overwhelmed with the turnout by pensioners. The fun day was only for those living in Suva and Nausori area,” he said.

“We are looking at moving this fun day to the Western and Northern divisions this year.”

More than 300 pensioners around Suva and Nausori area turned up during FNPF Pensioners Day.

Mr Koroi has wished the pensioners well.

Services available for pensioners at the fun day included medical checkups, a kava station, games, Pure Fiji – neck massage and manicure, Chiropractor – Health and Wellness team from USA and other entertainment.

Edited by Epineri Vula

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