President Muhammadu Buhari has launched a pension programme for self-employed workers in Nigeria.
The programme which was launched at the State House Conference Centre started with the Buhari supervising the registration of a Keke NAPEP operator, Sagir Shawai, a resident of Karu village of the Federal Capital Territory.
During the launch, Buhari said the programme was conceived for Nigerians in the informal sector of the country.
He also appealed to trade associations, workers unions and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in the informal sector to join hands with the government in enlightening their members on the importance of the initiative.
In his words:
“This initiative will capture those that are not fully captured in the existing pension scheme.
In the past three years, we have provided loans to farmers and others in the informal sector. The micro pension plan is the next step,” he said.