May 28, 2024

Welfare: N4.43Bn paid as insurance death benefits to civil servants — Lagos govt

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Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu

..records 2082 complaints over LUC

By Olasunkanmi Akoni

Lagos State Government said it has paid N4.43 billion as insurance death benefits and claims since 2019 to beneficiaries of deceased civil servants in the state.

The Commissioner for Finance, Mr Abayomi Oluyomi, disclosed this on Tuesday during a ministerial briefing to commemorate the first anniversary of the second term of Governor Bababjide Sanwo-Olu in office, held at Alausa, Ikeja.

Oluyomi explained that Governor Sanwo-Olu, shortly after his assumption of office in 2019, commenced the payment of Group Life Policies insurance premiums for welfare of staff as well as non-life premiums for all the assets of the state government within the state. 

He stated that insurance death benefits paid from 2019 until date to the beneficiaries of deceased civil servants amount to N2.67 billion. 

“In addition, the sum of N1.76 billion only was paid as claims.”
Oluyomi further said that the 2,082 complaints received over land use charge fees were resolved using administrative, mediation, and Alternative Dispute Resolution, ADR, processes.

According to the commissioner, the Land Use Charge Assessment Appeal Tribunal (LUCAAT), established pursuant to the Land Use Charge Law, has consistently provided an avenue for persons dissatisfied with the LUC imposed on their properties to appeal.
He added that the complaints were received via walk-ins, letters, petitions, referrals, telephone calls, WhatsApp, and the and the Resolution Week programme, among others. 
Oluyomi also said that the tribunal introduced remote resolution to afford property owners in diaspora the opportunity of resolving their complaints/disputes without physical attendance. 

“The tribunal’s impacts within the review period include: cleared backlogs of property owners who had high land use charge arrears using mediation efforts to resolve long-standing issues; improved service delivery through the introduction of e-channels as means of initiating and resolving complaints,” he stated.