The Lagos State Government on Friday said it would not relent in its pursuit to improve life for its retirees and had placed the welfare and wellbeing of its pensioners as top-priority .
Mrs Ajibola Ponnle, Lagos State Commissioner For Establishments, Training and Pensions made the pledge at the 96th Retirement Certificates Presentation organised by the Lagos State Pension Commission (LASPEC) in Lagos.
“Recently, the state government through the Lagos State Residents Registration Agency (LASRRA) and in collaboration with sister agencies launched an upgraded Lagos State Resident Identity Card (LAG ID Card) .
“The card will include benefits such as subsidised health care and transport services for our retired public servants.
“Please ensure you are registered with LASRRA to enjoy these benefits upon commencement,” Ponnle said.
According to her, the state government has paid N1.113 billion as accrued pension rights into the Retirement Savings Accounts (RSAs) of 295 retirees for the month of July.The commissioner stated that Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu-led administration had paid over N43 billion as accrued pension rights to 11,644 retirees in its public service from May 2019 till date.
Ponnle said: ” The state government recognises the plight of our estimable workers who have served in the Lagos state public service and the need to safeguard their financial security after service.
“Tp this end, it implemented the payment of the new minimum wage six months after the new wage bill was adopted as law and with a higher amount than the approved recommendation in response to global and national economic challenges.
“The state also implemented the upward review of pension contributions from 7.5 per cent of employee and employer contributions to 8 per cent employee contributions and 10 per cent employer contributions.
“This is in line with the administration’s vision to cater for its workforce even in retirement.
”The commissioner congratulated the retirees, wished them the best and advised them to carefully review the retirement savings options available for them to utilise their money prudently.
She charged them to contact LASPEC or the Ministry of Establishments, Training and Pensions should they require clarifications or advice on their retirement benefit matters.
“Please embrace the joy and challenges of this new phase of life.
Be prudent with your money and practice a healthy lifestyle to enjoy your retirement,” she said.
In his address, the Director-General , LASPEC, Mr Babalola Obilana said the Sanwo-Olu’s administration deserve applaud for its constant support for the payment of pension obligations and the various policies initiated to better the lives of the senior citizens.
Obilana stated that the contributions of Lagos State to the success of the Contributory Pension Scheme in Nigeria was an undisputable fact.
” Lagos State is a trail blazer in the industry with 10 per cent employer and eight per cent employee contributions remitted monthly into individuals RSAs after salaries are received.
“The governor approved the automation of business processes in LASPEC to ensure first class service delivery to our dear retirees in order to accomplish the state government’s goal of the immediate payment of pension entitlements upon retirement from the public service,” he said.
The director general appreciated the efforts and contributions of the retirees whilst in the service, noting that the vision of a ‘Greater Lagos’ would have been an impossible dream without them.
Obilana urged the elderstatesmen to beware of any Individual or Association who claim to be affiliated with the state government and can process or fast track their pension entitlements for a fee.
By Millicent IfeanyichukwuLagos, Sept. 30, 2021(NAN) As Nigeria marks its 61st independence anniversary on Friday, Oba Kabiru Shotobi, the Ayangburen of Ikorodu, Lagos State, says Nigeria needs thoroughbred leaders with home grown solutions to tackle its challenges.The traditional ruler made the remark during a courtesy visit by a group, the South-West Agenda for Asiwaju 2023 (SWAGA’23), to his palace.This is contained in a statement by the Secretary of the group, Alhaja Kafilat Ogbara and issued on Thursday in Lagos.According to Shotobi, one of the essence of independence is to show solidarity toward the nation as well as display respect for freedom fighters who actually sacrificed their lives to attain it.He emphasised the need for peaceful coexistence among the citizenry, irrespective of their ethic or religious backgrounds, in a bid to make them stronger as a people and move the country forward.”It is against this background that I will like to salute our country at 61 and pray that it continues to give us leaders who are thoroughbred, with home grown solutions to our many challenges over the years.”Let me also state here that as a royal father, I will not hesitate to align with leaders who have what it takes to move this country forward, leaders with great vision, ones willing to sacrifice anything to make the citizens happy.”These attributes, I have found in the person of the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, if he ever declares his intentions for the presidential race, come 2023,” he stated.Shotobi noted that the country’s challenges, ranging from security to economic, were surmountable, only if leaders do away with bitter politics.He also lauded the efforts of the Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu-led administration in ensuring that the legacies of the APC chieftain were sustained in Lagos State.Responding, Mr Kola Peregrino, an executive member of the group, advocated inclusive efforts of traditional rulers in the state, in securing Tinubu’s presidential mandate.”We want to seize this opportunity to appeal with you as a royal father, to persuade your colleagues to teem up and stand by Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, for President,” he stated. (NAN)