The Lagos State Government has promised to pay all benefits of workers who retired from the state public service between 2016 to date.
The Head of Service, Folasade Adesoye, who spoke during a meeting with retirees at the Adeyemi Bero Auditorium, Alausa, Ikeja, said Governor Akinwunmi Ambode was committed to the welfare of both serving and retired workers.
Adesoye appealed to the affected retirees to ensure proper documentation with relevant government agencies charged with the responsibility of processing the payment of their retirement benefits, adding that the government was aware that some of the retirees had yet to access their terminal benefits.
“We are working assiduously to ensure that all your backlogs are cleared. Of paramount importance is this opportunity to assure you that your welfare is top on our agenda. The desire of this administration is to accelerate the process and ensure that your retirement benefits are not delayed.
“While we look forward to a better future in terms of expedited payment of retirement benefits, it is instructive to note that the observed bureaucracy is a result of rules and guidelines that must be adhered to in the payment of retirement benefits,” she said.
According to her, incomplete documentation often lead to delays in the processing and payment of retirement benefits.
She urged the retirees to make it a “stringent point of duty” to ensure that their documents were up to date.
The Permanent Secretary, Public Service Office, Mr Samson Ajibade, said the forum was an avenue through which the retirees engaged the state government on a wide range of issues pertaining to life after retirement and to also learn about government’s activities as they related to them.