By Victor Ahiuma-Young
The Lagos State Government has paid over N4.2 billion to its pensioners, under the Defined Benefits Scheme, DBS, otherwise known as Pay As You Go, from May 2019 to March 2021.
The Commissioner for Establishments, Training and Pension, Mrs Ajibola Ponnle, made this known in Ikeja at the 2021 Ministerial Press Briefing to commemorate the Second Year anniversary of Gov. Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu’s administration.
Ponnle said that as part of the state’s commitment to the welfare of pensioners, Gov. Sanwo-Olu had also approved payment of 33 per cent increment for all state pensioners under the Defined Benefit Scheme.
She said that the government also paid the balance of the 25 per cent rent allowance for officers on Grade Level 07 and above, who retired between May 2000 and August 2004.
“There are currently 15 approved Pension Fund Administrators, PFAs, and seven approved insurance companies who render pension funds management and annuities services to retirees in the state.
“Today, Lagos State is a trailblazer and pacesetter in pension matters in Nigeria, having won awards as the most pension-compliant in this dispensation, on several occasions,” the commissioner said.
Ponnle said that as a policy, the ministry had always been interfacing with relevant stakeholders such as the Nigerian Union of Pensioners, Association of Retired Heads of Service and Permanent Secretaries, among others, as part of measures to improve the lives of pensioners in the state.”
Recall that the Nigeria Union of Pensioners, NUP, at its 11th Quadrennial National Delegates’ Conference recently honoured Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
The commissioner noted that “the governor was honoured with the distinguished award of Excellence and Greater Commitment to Pensioner’s Welfare. That means we are doing something right. When the second phase of the Covid-19 pandemic broke out in the country in 2020, the state recommended vaccines for pensioners who were over 70 years in age.”
She added that the state government was working to introduce a health insurance scheme as well as a transportation scheme for the pensioners.