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Lagos govt. pays N1.5bn to retirees

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The Lagos State Government has paid N1.5 billion accrued pensions rights to 482 retirees for the month of May.

The Commissioner for Establishments, Training and Pensions, Mrs Ajibola Ponnle made this known at the 94th Retirement Bond Certificate presentation to retirees of the Lagos State Public Service on Monday in Lagos.

The newsmen report that the programme was organized by the Lagos State Pension Commission (LASPEC).

Ponnle, represented by the Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Dr Biodun Onayele, stated that Lagos State reiterated the state’s commitment to the payment of retirees’ benefits.

” Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu has been a consistent high flyer in the pension industry with over N40.5 billion paid to 10,862 retirees.

“The retirees are in the Mainstream, Local Government, the State Universal Basic Board (SUBEB), Teaching Service Commission (TESCOM) and other parastatals of the state government from May 2019 till date.

“His vision is to have a dynamic, efficient and effective workforce to pilot the agenda of a ‘Greater Lagos.

” The safe retirement and welfare of our officers is a major priority in actualizing this goal, ”she said.

The commissioner advised retirees to learn about the different options available for investing the funds in their retirement accounts.

Ponnle urged them to seek competent and reliable authorities on matters concerning pensions.

“Do not hesitate to contact LASPEC or even the Ministry of Establishments, Training and Pensions for questions or clarifications regarding the modalities surrounding your retirement benefits matters,” she said.

In his welcome address, the Director-General, LASPEC, Mr Babalola Obilana appreciated the efforts of  Sanwo-Olu towards the success of the Contributory Pension Scheme (CPS) and the welfare of pensioners.

Obilana said that the governor had continuously prioritized funding of the Redemption Fund Accounts to ensure retirees access their retirement benefits as soon as possible.

” The goal of the present administration is that every worker, once disengaged from the public service, receives his or her pension benefit.

“The feat has greatly reassured public servants that the government has placed them as top priority on its agenda.

“Gov. Sanwo-Olu has been consistent in the payment of retiree’s accrued pension’s right against all odds,” he said.

Obilana charged retirees to stay away from scrupulous associations affiliating themselves with the state government to fast track their pension entitlement.

He noted that LASPEC was not affiliated with any association and would not ask for a fee.

In another development, Gov. Gboyega Oyetola of Osun has released N1.1 billion for the payment of pensions of retired civil servants in the state.

A statement by the Head of Service, Dr Festus Olowogboyega, on Monday in Osogbo, said that N 600 million of the money would be for the payment of retired primary school teachers and local government workers.

Olowogboyega said that the remaining N500 million was approved for the payment of civil servants under the contributory pension.

He said the selected retirees would get their bonds on June 2.

Olowogboyega also said that the list of beneficiaries had been pasted on the notice board of the Ministry of Information and Civic Orientation,  the State’s Pension Bureau and the Office of the Head of Service.

He said Gov. Gboyega Oyetola was committed to the welfare of both the retired and active civil servants in the state and would continue to make their welfare his priority.

 

 

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