Lagos State prepares workers for pension transfer window

From left: Commissioner of Information and Strategy, Steve Ayorinde, Commissioner of Ministry of Establishments, Training and Pensions, Dr. Akintola Benson and Chairman House Committee on Establishments, Training, Pensions and Public Service, Honourable Adedayo Famakinwa at the event in Lagos.

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Chuks Udo Okonta

Lagos State Government has prepared her workers for the opening of the transfer window which will enable a contributor port from one Pension Fund Administrator (PFA) to another, the Commissioner of Ministry of Establishments, Training and Pensions, Dr. Akintola Benson, has said.

He disclosed this at the ministerial briefing in commemoration of the second year anniversary of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode’s administration, adding that the Lagos State Pension Commission (LASPEC) as one of the trail blazing agency of Lagos State Government has also initiated and perfected electronic archiving of records of payments made to Retirees of the State for preservation and protection of records in case of any unexpected eventualities.

The essence of this giant stride, he said, is to ensure preservation of records of paid retirees in electronic format and thereby removing the usually associated “ghost worker/retiree” fraudulent syndrome prevalent with the administration of old pension regime due to lack of adequate record.

He said the Commission was also one of the specified agencies earmarked for the Specialized Orientation Programme for Redeployed Management Staff in the Local Government Service, adding that this is to ensure seamless integration of Officers from the Local Government to the State Public Service

“The Commission has not stopped the sensitization of retirees on the activities of Pension fraudsters. It would interest you to note that despite the fact that one or two cases of these fraudsters are reported, this malaise has reduced drastically compared to what the Agency used to have in the first half of 2016,” he said

Oke maintained that the officers of the Ministry of Establishments, Training and Pensions have laboured and toiled to achieve exceptional feats in the first two years of the current administration, stressing that his office, is committed to doing even more, as it appreciates that well-motivated and well-trained officers of the public service are best suited to conceive of workable government policies and to implement policies in ways that will translate into tangible benefits and dividends for the good people of Lagos State.

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