Lagos pledges to eradicate pension backlog by end of 2023

By Ologeh Joseph Chibu

Nigeria’s most prosperous State of Lagos has said it would end all pension backlog by December this year.

In a media interaction held on Monday monitored by Irohinoodua, the Commissioner for Establishments and Training, Mr. Afolabi Ayantayo emphasized this commitment. He also highlighted the state government’s dedication to consistently enhance and upskill the civil service.

This initiative aligns with the broader objectives of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s THEMES+ agenda, aimed at transforming the public service to meet 21st-century expectations.

During the discussion held in his Alausa, Ikeja office, Commissioner Ayantayo underscored the state’s impressive track record of timely pension disbursements, solidifying its reputation as the most pension administration-compliant state in the federation.

“Mr. Governor has shown greater commitment and determination to clear the backlog of pensions and it is anticipated that this would be cleared by the end of 2023 and those retiring from 2024 will collect their entitlement without waiting for a day,” Ayatanyo expressed.

Furthermore, he emphasized the government’s readiness to persist in its investments in enhancing the skills and capabilities of the state’s workforce. He stated that in the forthcoming months, the government will intentionally intensify its efforts to accelerate learning and development initiatives within the shortest time-frame feasible.

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