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  •  Pensioners welfare our top priority Lagos govt pledges
    Pensioners welfare, ‘our top-priority ‘, Lagos govt pledges
     Pensioners welfare our top priority Lagos govt pledges
    Pensioners welfare, ‘our top-priority ‘, Lagos govt pledges
    Economy2 weeks ago

    Pensioners welfare, ‘our top-priority ‘, Lagos govt pledges

    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. 


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Sanwo Olu rolls out 1 000 tech driven Lagos Ride taxis
    Sanwo-Olu rolls out 1,000 tech-driven Lagos Ride taxis
     Sanwo Olu rolls out 1 000 tech driven Lagos Ride taxis
    Sanwo-Olu rolls out 1,000 tech-driven Lagos Ride taxis
    General news5 months ago

    Sanwo-Olu rolls out 1,000 tech-driven Lagos Ride taxis

    Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu unveils 1,000 technology-powered GAC-branded cars, codenamed "LAG RIDE," on Wednesday.

    Sanwo-Olu said during the launch ceremony held at Lagos House Ikeja that the "LAG RIDE" was a ride-hailing taxi initiative, operated on a rent-to-own basis.

    The initiative is a partnership between Lagos State-owned IBILE Holding Ltd. and CIG Motors Company with the aim of providing a clean and reliable means of moving taxis in the metropolis at an affordable cost.

    Operators are required to pay an initial payment of around N1.9 million, of which the sum covers 20 per cent of the cost of the vehicle, registration and insurance.

    Every car used in the scheme comes with technology-enabled safety features that monitor every trip made.

    He said that the state has taken another step in its drive to develop an efficient transport model in tune with modernity and comfort.

    The governor said the goal was not to put existing passenger transport operators out of business, but to offer a safer alternative and clear roads of dilapidated cars used for the taxi business.

    He said the scheme would provide opportunities for operators to become owners of the vehicles within three to four years.

    According to him, the need for better, decent and more rewarding means of transportation and livelihood for the unemployed and underemployed population calls for the new 'Lagos State Taxi Scheme'.

    "Under this arrangement, the beneficiary will be given a new car that will become the property of the driver after completing the payment of the subsidized cost of the vehicle," he said.

    Lagos Ride Taxi Scheme formally launched with 1000 cars Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, at the Sports Ground, Lagos House, Alausa, Ikeja, on Wednesday, LR boxes: Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria, Amb. Cui Jianchun; President, Choice International Group, Director Diana Chen; Governor Sanwo-Olu; his deputy, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat and the CEO of IBILE Holdings Limited, Mr. Abiodun Amokomowo during the inauguration

    Sanwo-Olu said that to improve the safety of drivers and passengers, it had been pre-installed in every car deployed for the scheme.

    He added that each car came with a physical panic button that could be used on board, in the event of an assault or emergency.

    The governor said the panic button was also on the mobile app and was connected to the Command and Control Center.

    He said the car assembly plant being set up in Lagos, another component of the partnership between CIG Motors and the state government, is 60 percent complete, and is expected to start operations in September.

    Transport Commissioners Dr Frederic Oladehinde said the scheme was another landmark achievement by the government.

    Oladeinde said that in order to make travel affordable, the technology with which the scheme was operated had made it possible to share rides for passengers, who would agree to share the ride and share transit costs.

    The President of CIG Motors, Nigeria, Ms. Diana Chang, said that the roadmap for the urbanization of the transport system in Lagos began in November 2019, when Governor Sanwo-Olu and members of his cabinet visited the Republic of China for bilateral meetings. camaraderie.

    Chang said that the inauguration of the LAG RIDE was the glorious end of the sealed partnership with Chinese investors.

    “We are using this partnership to promote a Great Lakes where opportunities abound for the state's citizens, while creating a win-win model,” he said.

    IBILE Holding Managing Director Mr. Abiodun Amokomowo said that more than 5,700 drivers had downloaded the driver mobile apps as of Tuesday, of which 1,786 drivers submitted applications.

    Amokomowo said 359 drivers had been accepted for registration and registration fees, while others were awaiting evaluation.

    ”As part of the process that each operator will go through for the safety of life and the effective operations of the scheme.

    "We will conduct a full check of applicants' Lagos State Drivers Institute (LASDRI) identification cards, medical history, background check and verification of NIN and Lagos resident registration numbers," it said.

  •  NSCDC recovers 2 stolen vehicles in Edo
    NSCDC recovers 2 stolen vehicles in Edo
     NSCDC recovers 2 stolen vehicles in Edo
    NSCDC recovers 2 stolen vehicles in Edo
    Defence/Security2 years ago

    NSCDC recovers 2 stolen vehicles in Edo

    NSCDC recovers 2 stolen vehicles in Edo

    Recovery

    By Deborah Coker

    Benin, Nov. 4, 2020 (NAN) The Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) Command in Edo, on Wednesday announced the recovery of two stolen vehicles by its personnel.

    The NSCDC’s image maker, Mr Efosa Ogbebor, made the disclosure in a statement in Benin.

    According to Ogbebor, the command had  on Tuesday at about 8:00 hours, received an emergency call that a red Toyota Camry with registration number Edo YAB 494 SD, had been snatched at gun point along Sapele road in the Benin metropolis.

    He disclosed that the Command immediately dispatched its personnel from the Counter Terrorism Unit for a rescue operation.

    “After some hours of hot chase, the suspected armed robbers abandoned the vehicle along the Upper Sokponba axis in the state capital and fled.

    “Similarly, a Toyota Corolla with registration number LAG KTU 340 CX was also recovered along Agip, along the Sapele road axis in the state capital.

    “In view of this, the state’s Corp Commandant, Mr George Edem, has warned criminals to desist from all forms of criminal activities or face the full wrath of the law.

    He also appealed to residents of the state to continue to provide reliable information to security agencies around them in order to forestall the nefarious activities of criminal elements. (NAN)


    Edited By: Celine-Damilola Oyewole/Emmanuel Okara
    Source: NAN

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  •  NAMA creates 9 new regional navigational routes
    NAMA creates 9 new regional navigational routes
     NAMA creates 9 new regional navigational routes
    NAMA creates 9 new regional navigational routes
    Metro2 years ago

    NAMA creates 9 new regional navigational routes

    As part of plans to resume international flight operations in the country, the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) has created nine new Performance Based Navigation (PBN) Area Navigation 10 (RNAV10) regional routes across the nation’s airspace.

    Capt. Fola Akinkuotu, the Managing Director of NAMA, disclosed this in a statement in Lagos on Sunday.

    Akinkuotu listed the newly created PBN routes to include:

    1. UQ300- connecting Lagos to the Central African Republic;

    2. UY604-linking Abuja, Port Harcourt to Southern Africa;

    3. UQ181- connecting East and Central Africa to Europe through Nigerian airspace

    4. UQ400-connecting southern Africa to North Africa through Nigeria to Europe.

    5. UQ324-from Adis Ababa to Niamey through Nigeria;

    6. UY333-from Tunisia/Algeria to Lagos;

    7. UY87-from East and Central Africa through Nigeria to Accra and Abidjan;

    8. UY57-from East and Central Africa through Nigeria coastal airspace to Cotonou, Lome and Abidjan as well as

    9. UQ200-connecting Yaonde to Lagos.

    The NAMA helmsman disclosed that NAMA has also created six new flight-plannable direct routes, which include:

    1. OK DCT POLTO;

    2. ARDEX DCT EDUKO;

    3. LAG DCT XIRON DCT JOS;

    4. KORUT DCT KDA;

    5. POLTO DCT APRUN DCT DETAR/ KORUT and

    6. KELAK DCT POSIB DCT GURAP DCT IBA DCT POLTO.

    The NAMA boss said “the flight-plannable direct routes are to be used by compliant airlines’ flight management systems.

    “It will avail them the opportunity of flight- planning and routing within the Nigerian airspace from an entry point direct to an exit point without recourse to existing Air Traffic service (ATS) route network.”

    Akinkuotu said the agency embarked on the initiatives to enhance regional connectivity, reduce flight time as well as fuel consumption for airlines, reduce C02 emission into the environment and reduce operators cost.

    He said the move would also reduce pilot workload and enhance airspace capacity.


    Edited By: Ismail Abdulaziz (NAN)