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Lagos pensioners demand payment of outstanding benefits, probe of pension scheme

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Pensioners in Lagos State have called for immediate payment of the outstanding backlogs of bonds from 2020 till date, noting they will declare a state of emergency on pension matters in the state.

THey also call for forensic investigation into the implementation of the contributory pension scheme in the state.

Chairman of the state chapter of the Nigeria Union of Pensioners, Contributory Pension Scheme, arm, Omisande Michael, made the call in a message at the last quarterly prayer retreat for 2023.

Michael bemoaned that the 2023 had been a bitter year for pensioners and retirees as many lives were lost, many bedridden, many suffered neglect and suffered accommodation challenges.

He said “We give glory to the Almighty God who is the sustainance of life. He has been merciful to the NUP-CPS in Lagos State from creation.

“We are so grateful to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu who has been a listening governor to our plight. We appreciate the indefatigable Commissioner for the establishment and training, Ayantayo Afolabi, who is being passionate about the Pensioners matter. You shall continue to soar higher.

“We are grateful to our members of the State House of Assembly for being supportive to our plight. The good lord shall continue to protect and guide you in your efforts to move Lagos State forward.”

Describing the challenges facing pensioners as enormous, Michael said “immediate payment of the outstanding backlogs of bonds from 2020 till date, declaration of a state of emergency on pension matters in the state, and a committee to be set up to review the implementation of the CPS to cater to all the inadequacies, setting up of committee to carry out a forensic investigation into implementation of the CPS in Lagos State and full implementation of the findings and recommendations of the report.

They demanded also that the “Office of Special Adviser be created for pensions matters, constitution of the governing board to regulate the activities of the LASPEC as contained in the act setting it up and giving pensioners priority in the welfare package such as in health, transportation and palliatives.”

He stated further that “It’s worthy to know that the cost of drugs has astronomically increased in the State. We therefore pray to the Almighty God to intervene in our case in Lagos State.”

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