Members of Staff of the University of Agriculture, Abeokuta(FUNAAB) have been called upon, to as a matter of importance write their WILLs now because tomorrow might be too late.
The Relationship Manager of Leadway Pensure PFA Nigeria Ltd; Mr. Gbenga Arowosaye gave the advise at a parley with clients, who are staffers of the University.
Arowosaye noted with dismay that Nigerians and Africans in general have unbridle apathy towards the need to write their wills.
He lamented that while some are not conscious of the need to write their Wills because they felt they have little or nothing to will, others who see the need, have formed the habit of waiting till their retirement from service or private enterprise, as well as when they are well advanced in age before they do their Will.
Worst still, Mr. Arowosaye expressed worry that an average Nigerian has phobia for writing his Will because he often misconstrue it to mean signing his “death warrant”.
Describing the impression as erroneous, the Relationship Manager said death is an inevitable end that will come at anytime, no matter man’s indifference to it.
He pointed out that the best way to demystify and make mincemeat of death is to get prepared for its coming, irrespective of age and social status by writing wills.
Arowosaye attributed the fierce wrangling and unhealthy rivalry among relations of a deceased over inheritance, to failure on the part of the departed one to prepare his or her will during his or her life time.
In order to avoid such squabbles, he advised members of staff and Nigerians at large, to make writing of their will, early in life a point of duty.
Corroborating him, the Assistant Registrar, Pension Unit, Mr. Remi Adebayo said aside apathy for writing of Will, Nigerians don’t take the issue of Pension seriously until they are close to retirement.
Using the forum as a good example, Mr. Adebayo expressed disappointment over poor turnout of staff at a programme that would have afforded them opportunity to ask question on grey areas from Pension Administrators.
Mr. Adebayo stated that ordinarily, he expected massive turn out of staff despite adequate publicity of the programme in the University Weekly Bulletin because “where your treasure is, is where your heart will be”.
He advised members of staff to have a change of attitude over issues bordering on their welfare and future.
Earlier on, the University Registrar, Mr. Mathew Ayoola (JP) charged clients to ask thought provoking questions, in order to get appropriate answers from the Administrators.
He stated that this became imperative because the aim of the Forum was to seek clarities on grey areas and keep clients abreast of information on the Contributory Pension Scheme.
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