Lagos prioritises workers’ welfare

The Lagos State Government says it remains committed to workers welfare, adding that it has remitted N35.92bn into the Retirement Savings Accounts of 8,731 state retirees.

The Commissioner for Establishments, Training and Pensions, Dr. Benson Oke, stated this in Ikeja on Friday at a ministerial press briefing to mark Governor Akinwunmi Ambode’s third year in office.

Oke explained that the money was paid from August 2015 to date, adding that the state had been consistent in remitting the 7.5 per cent deductions from the salaries of staff, as well as paying the corresponding 7.5 per cent into their RSAs maintained by their appointed Pensions Fund Administrators.

Oke said, “This has been achieved due to automation of the payroll which automatically ensured deductions/remittances of pension contributions. From May 2017 to date, contributions by employees and employer credited into Retirement Savings Accounts is N9,562,897,973.60.”

The commissioner added that the terminal entitlements of retirees paid by the Lagos State Government through the Lagos State Pensions Commission into the RSA of 2,466 Public retirees in the last one year was N9.3bn.

He added that in the last one year, 80 family members of deceased employees had been paid N220,700,741.76.

On training, the commissioner said in the last one year 3,520 officers attended 35 training programmes service-wide, adding that nine top government officials were sponsored for international training programmes, while 30 officers were also sponsored to workshops locally.

He said the state was able to achieve industrial peace as a result of consistent engagements between its officials and industrial unions in the public service.

He said, “For the first time in the political history of the state, the state government has been able to run smoothly for three years without its employees embarking on strike action.”

 

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