As the Botswana Public Officers Pension Fund (BPOPF) officially opened its Regional Office in Francistown a few days ago, the Mayor of Francistown, Shadreck Nyeku, pleaded with the public officers to play an active part in utilizing the service and to actively participate in the administration of their pension funds for their own benefit.
Giving a key note address to the participants during the ceremony, the mayor said that it is imperative that the members take the opportunity of the introduction of the new regional office as a milestone in meeting their needs and to familiarize themselves with the fund by using the organization’s marketing and communication strategy department.
“By asking questions, the members would be in fact participating in the affairs of the fund in line with the objectives of a defined contributory fund,” he said.
Nyeku said that despite the fact that information will be provided by the Fund, it is the members responsibility to educate themselves on general issues relating to pension and retirement matters which will empower and enable them to raise pertinent and informed questions relating to their retirement planning.
He hailed BPPOF for expanding its footprints country wide saying that it is a milestone in advancing its service delivery to the clients.
“The efforts by the BPOPF to take services closer to people is in line with the aspirations of our National Vision 2016 pillars and similarly it is a complement to the President Ian Khama’s call through his 5D’s roadmap in particular the “D” relating to delivery of services,” he said.
He added that the establishment of the offices in Francistown will bring other opportunities, such as the employment for the local citizenry and even business opportunities.
BPOPF currently has four branches countrywide in Gaborone, Kang and Maun with the Francistown office being the latest establishment.
The Fund is mandated with the task of administering and providing retirement benefits for government employees and pensioners to afford them a dignified post career life.