The Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwumi Ambode has once again fulfilled his promise of paying Retirees monthly till the backlog is cleared, by paying another set of 525 ( Five Hundred and Twenty-Five) retirees. This brings the total number of Retirees paid from August to September to 1,201 (One Thousand, Two Hundred and one). The amount expended for the two months is 4.5 Billion Naira. The tradition that Retirees receive their Bond Certificates monthly in Lagos State without stress, has now come to stay.
Speaking at the 19th batch Retirement Benefit Bond Certificate Presentation Ceremony, which ran consecutively for three days (Monday 28th to Wednesday 30th September, 2015), at the Office Complex, NECA House, CBD, Ikeja, Lagos, the Director-General , Mrs. Folashade Onanuga reiterated the Governor’s desire to see retirees enjoy their life out of office without stress. According to her, the Governor also promised that retirees will enjoy free health care delivery in Lagos State Hospitals as arrangements are on to provide them with Retirees identification cards. She further explained that the Pensioners will be accorded the necessary respect by the Pension Fund Administrators and Annuity Service providers as the money being paid to them is their rights and not priviledge.
Hope and radiance could be seen in the faces of those who received their Bond Certificates as they were being presented. Prayers were showered on the Governor of the Lagos State Government for remembering them.
However, the Director- General admonished the retirees to be careful on the business they invest their money into. Speaking further, she enjoined Retirees to tell other friends that are yet to collect their Bond Certificates that they would soon be paid as payments are being structured based on date of exit and also grade level. She enjoined all retirees to be patients as very soon, the outstanding backlog will be cleared.
A total number of 525 people collected their Bond Certificates for the month of September, out of which we have 9 people from the Parastatals. The sum of 2.1 billion Naira was expended for this kind gesture.
Lawal, Basirat A. (Mrs)
Press/ Public Relations (LASPEB)
September 30, 2015