By Favour Nnabugwu
LAGOS State Government has conducted a verification exercise of non-pensionable staff in 20 local governments and 37 local community development areas of the State.
The exercise was carried out by the State establishment department under the Lagos State Ministry of Establishment, Training and Pensions, in conjunction with the Office of the Head of Service and Office of the Auditor General
Commissioner, Ministry of Establishments, Training and Pensions, Dr. Akintola Benson told Vanguard Insurance last week that recommendations of the committee have been approved for implementation by the State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode. He said the department has also, in conjunction with the Office of Transformation, Creativity and Innovation, carried out an exercise on workforce planning and streamlining of contract appointment at the Lagos Water Corporation.
In the same vein and in line with extant provisions, approvals for payment of severance allowance in respect of political office holders who had completed their tenure in office were obtained from the Governor. He added that the department compiled and submitted the changes witnessed on establishments matters within the last 50 years in Lagos State.
He noted that in line with the directive of the Governor for the replacement of written examinations towards promotions, with structured training, the office supervised the compliance of the directive, service–wide, adding, “In the last one year, the CSPO has achieved a lot. Pensioner population in the main stream stands at 8512 as at April, 2017. The total sum of N1. 84 billion was paid as pensions from May 31, 2016 to April 30, 2017.
“The office forwarded 185 Lagos State pensioners with federal shares complaints ranging from short payment of gratuity and arrears to stoppage of monthly pensions to the Director-General, Pensions Transition Arrangement Department (PTAD) office, Abuja. It also facilitated the reinstated payments of additional 15 pensioners that have just attained the Expected Date of Pension (EDOP), and adjustments in pension”, he added.