The Lagos State government has made a resolute commitment to eliminate the existing backlog of pensions by the end of 2023. This declaration was made by Mr. Afolabi Ayantayo, the Commissioner for Establishments and Training, during a media interaction with journalists on Monday.
The move reflects the state government’s unwavering dedication to continually enhance and upskill its civil service. This commitment aligns with the objectives of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s THEMES+ agenda, aimed at transforming 21st-century public service.
Speaking from his office at Alausa, Ikeja, Commissioner Ayantayo underlined the government’s reputation for being the most pension administration-compliant state in the federation. He noted that the state has consistently ensured timely pension payments to retirees.
Ayantayo emphasized Governor Sanwo-Olu’s strong determination to clear the pension backlog, expressing confidence that this endeavor would be successfully accomplished by the close of 2023. Furthermore, he announced that individuals retiring from 2024 onward would receive their pension entitlements without delays.
In addition to addressing pension issues, the government is poised to continue investing in the development and capacity-building of the state’s workforce. Ayantayo outlined the government’s commitment to enhancing learning and development interventions, with a focus on expediting the process in the months ahead.
This proactive approach underscores the Lagos State government’s dedication to the welfare of its employees and retirees while aligning with contemporary public service standards.
The assurance of clearing the pension backlog by the end of 2023 marks a significant milestone in ensuring that retirees receive their benefits in a timely manner, providing them with financial security and peace of mind in their post-work life.