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Lagos HOS promises retirees quick payment of pension benefits

By Monsurudeen Olowoopejo

The Lagos State Government has disclosed that efforts were currently being intensified to ensure that retirees across its public service receive their pension benefits less than a month after leaving the state public service.

It said that the plan was to ensure that any of its former staff gets pension benefits within first seven days of their retirement, saying this is to assist them to initiate their after retirement plans immediately.

The Lagos State Head of service, Olabode Agoro, who disclose this on Thursday during the send forth ceremony for over 200 retired staff in Ikeja, stressed that the move was part of the welfare package the state government planned for the former officials, in order to ensure that they remain healthy often.

He said: “Your welfare is important to us and that is why the government is working towards ensuring that Lagos former officials get their pension benefits less than a month after retirement in the state”.

The HOS hinted that the Babajide Sanwo-Olu-led administration aimed to clear pension backlogs “within the shortest time to ensure retirees get their benefits as at when due in the state”.

Agoro added that the administration valued their dedication, resilience, and unwavering commitment to work while still in active public servant.

According to him, “Each of you has played a vital role in shaping the Lagos we know today. Your service extends far beyond specific projects.

“You have mentored countless colleagues, fostered a culture of
collaboration within the Civil Service, and embodied the highest standards of integrity and ethical conduct.

“Many of you have left indelible marks on specific Ministries, and you have consistently raised the bar and maintained the standard of
excellence that was bequeathed to us by the founding fathers of the Lagos State Civil Service.

“As you embark on this well-deserved chapter of retirement, know that you leave behind a legacy of excellence service and dedication.

“The positive impact you have made on Lagos State and its citizens will continue to resonate for years to come and while Lagos State may be losing a group of remarkable Civil Servants, the world is gaining a wealth of experience and wisdom”, he added.

Earlier, while welcoming participants to the event, the Permanent Secretary, Public Service Office, Sunkanmi Oyegbola, assured retirees that the government valued their welfare which formed reasons for establishment of different forum to get them connected after leaving service.

She said: “We prioritize the welfare of our retired staff and that was why we ensure they are connected with the government.

“This includes annual retirees stakeholders meeting with the HOS. During this webinar meeting, the retirees are educated on how to remain healthy after service and how to become better entrepreneurs while in retirement”.

Responding on behalf of the retirees, Adeyinka Adeniyi, expressed appreciation to the Lagos State Government for giving all the retirees the opportunity to serve the state meritoriously.

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