PenCom invest N130bn pension fund in infrastructure

Pension Fund Administrators invested N130.18 billion funds under the Contributory Pension Scheme in infrastructure as of the end of September 2023.

Figures obtained from the National Pension Commission on ‘Unaudited report on pension funds industry portfolio for the period ended 30 September 2023- Approved Existing Schemes, Closed Pension Fund Administrators and RSA Funds (Including unremitted contributions @CBN & legacy funds’, revealed.

According to the figures, total assets under the CPS stood at N17.35tn as of the period under review.

Part of the funds was also invested in domestic and foreign ordinary shares, federal and state governments’ securities, and money market instruments among others.

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The commission had in its amended investment regulation highlighted the requirements for investing the funds in line with the provisions of the Pension Reform Act, 2014.

It said the purpose of the regulation was to provide uniform rules and standards for the investment of pension fund assets.

According to the regulation, pension fund custodians must only take written instructions from licensed PFAs concerning the PFAs’ investment and management of pension fund assets held in the custody of the PFCs on behalf of the contributors.

It said the PFCs, in discharging their contractual functions to PFAs, must not contract out the custody of pension fund assets to third parties except for allowable investments made outside Nigeria.

“The PFC shall obtain prior approval from the commission before engaging a global custodian for such allowable foreign investments,” it said.

According to the regulation, the PFAs, in discharging their contractual functions to contributors, must not contract out the investment/management of pension fund assets to third parties except for open/close-end/hybrid funds and specialist investment funds allowed by the regulation.

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