Lagos State governor Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu has approved the sum of N13.75 billion to offset backlogs of accrued pensions to retirees of the state’s civil service.
The state’s commissioner for Establishment, Training and Pensions, Mrs. Ajibola Ponnle who disclosed this at a press conference said the state government had also flagged off an online verification exercise for over 6,000 pensioners in compliance with physical distancing rule and protocol of COVID-19 pandemic.
She said the initiative was aimed at flattening the curve of the ravaging COVID-19 pandemic in the state considering the pensioners’ age.
Ponnle added that the initiative would eliminate the erstwhile Biometric Verification Exercise, tagged, “I am Alive” which involved physical presence of pensioners at their respective local government areas for the verification exercise and revalidation of their documents.
“It is no news that we are now at an era of new-normal in the entire world. Governments are changing strategies, ” the status quo” is being challenged and initiatives are deployed to keep governance and society going despite the threats of COVID-19 poses to human existence,” she said.
She further explained that the state’s bi-annual verification exercise for retired officers would now be held virtually where an online Biometric and Facial Verification would replace the existing status quo of physical presence of retirees.
Ponnle said, “The Y2020 online Biometric Verification Exercise of Pensioners will now be done in the Civil Service Pensions Office with verification of all pensioners in batches of Local Government and Local Council Development Areas. Therein, selected staff will be assigned to conduct online interviews from allocated telepoints/telecentres within the Office for respective pensioners based on their local government area.