Pension Savings: Man Demands To Be His Wife’s Special Guardian
This is a case that many Nigerians currently making contributions into a pension account should learn from.
What happens if you fall ill or something goes wrong at retirement when you are supposed to access all your life’s savings?
This is what Mr Ekeocha Enyeribe has been battling on behalf of his wife and the process seems straightforward.
He has filed a suit against the Stanbic IBTC Pension Managers at the National Industrial Court, Abuja seeking to be appointed his retired wife’s `Special Guardian.’
He brought the application on July 19, due to the ill health of his wife, to enable him to access the savings of his retired wife, Ngozi Ekeocha, managed by the pension managers.
Enyeribe pleaded that if the order was granted, it would enable him to process and access his wife’s retirement savings managed by the IBTC Pension Managers.
He wants the court to direct the pension managers to pay without delay, the retirement benefits of his wife into an account as may be confirmed by him when appointed as Special Guardian of his wife.
The good news is that the court granted the applicant’s request.
The court noted that the application was brought due to the degree of ill- health of his wife.
It adjourned the suit until August 14 for report of compliance of the court order by the defendant and hearing of the motion on notice filed in court.
At the resumed hearing on August 14, counsel to the claimant, Mr Amrstrong Ukwuoma, told the court that the pension managers had taken steps to process the retirement benefits.
The court again fixed August 22 for the hearing of the motion on notice but the case could not go on that day because the claimant’s counsel was indisposed.
Although, the respondent was not represented in court by any counsel, Justice Peter Lifu adjourned the suit until August 31 for hearing of the motion on notice.