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Lagos govt pays N1.5bn to 487 retirees

Lagos govt pays N1.5bn to 487 retirees

Obilana said that although Lagos state had implemented the Contributory Pension Scheme (CPS) since its inception in line with the provisions of the Lagos State Pension Reform Law of March 19, it remained committed to officers under the Defined Benefit Scheme.

“The administration of Gov. Babajide Sanwo-olu, just like his predecessors, is committed to the wellbeing of the state’s workforce.

“This administration has consistently prioritised pension contributions in the annual state budget and we are happy to note that Lagos state is fully compliant with the statutory requirements of the CPS.

“Despite various economic and financial challenges, employee and employer’s contributions are remitted promptly into individual employees’ Retirement Savings Accounts (RSAs) monthly.

“Lagos state is a high flyer and has received several awards for exceptional performance in the payment of retirement obligations,” he said.

According to him, the recent release of the status of implementation of the CPS by the National Pension Commission (PenCom) which indicated that Lagos is leading the pack in the Nigerian pension industry is a testament to the state’s performance.

He thanked the elder statesmen for their labour and sacrifice while in the public service.

Obilana assured the retirees of the state’s commitment to ensure payment of the outstanding pension liabilities.

He said: “Please be assured of our commitment to the eradication of outstanding pension liabilities in our dear state.

“LASPEC is fervently working toward the immediate payment of pension entitlements at retirement from the public service.

“We are constantly reviewing our business processes to ensure optimal service delivery to our retirees.

Obilana advised the retirees to be wary of various individuals and associations fraudulently parading as agents of the commission with claims to fast track the payment of retirement benefits at a fee.

“Please note that the LASPEC is the only entity officially endorsed by the state government to process the payment of retirement benefits.

“Also note that no officer in LASPEC will ask you for money to process your payments,” he said.

The director-general also urged the pensioners to be careful of transferring their RSA’s to Pension Fund Administrators (PFAs) not regulated by the state government.

According to him, LASPEC has limited control over these institutions and will be unable to mediate if unfavourable situations arise.

In her address, the Lagos State Commissioner for Establishments, Training and Pensions, Mrs Ajibola Ponnle, said that the state government had paid over N42 billion as accrued pension rights to 11,349 retirees from 2019 till date.

Ponnle represented by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Mrs Bamidele Fadipe, said that the retirees were workers in the Mainstream, Local Government, State Universal Basic Board (SUBEB), Teaching Service Commission (TESCOM) and other parastatals of the state government.

She said that prompt payment of pension obligations under the Defined Benefits and the Contributory Pension Schemes would remain the state’s priority to enable retirees access their RSAs without delay.

“We frequently assess our policies to maintain our role as the leader in the payment of pension benefits in Nigeria.

“Presently, we are working on various reforms that would have significant impact on the welfare of retirees in the state,” she said.

Mr Hakeem Muri-Okunola, Lagos State Head of Service, represented by Mrs Bukola Durodola, Director, Post Service, wished the retirees well in their future endeavours.

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