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Monday 18 June 2018
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Make 55 the age to retire

THE EDITOR: Allow me to throw in my two cents in the retirement age conversation. I honestly believe the retirement age should be 55 years.

I don’t get this 65 years retirement age stipulation being bandied about. At 65 you already have one foot in the grave.

At 55 the body is in the process of ageing and susceptible to a host of non-communicable diseases like diabetes, hypertension etc.

Retiring at 55 years throws you a lifeline to enjoy the rest of your life and to do the things you want to get done. No man in his right mind should spend 65 years of his life, almost three-quarters of his existence, like a work jumbie.

If contributory pension funds are run properly and there is strict compliance in collecting the contributions of employers, the NIB pension fund should not run dry. I say 55 is the way to go.



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