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Pensioners hail Sanwo-Olu  for 33 percent increment

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By Oziegbe Okoeki and Olaitan Ganew

The Lagos State Chapter of the Nigerian Union of Pensioners (NUP) has hailed the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo Olu, on the approval of a 33 percent increment for all State Pensioners under the Defined Benefits Scheme (PAY AS YOU GO) with effect from the January 1, 2020.

They also hailed him for the approval of the payment of a balance of 25 percent rent allowance for officers on GL 07 and above who had retired from May 2000 to August 2004.

The pensioners spoke at the South West leader’s Zonal meeting in Lagos. The NUP  Chairman, Oluremi Johnson, described Sanwo-Olu as a pensioner-friendly governor and thanked him for the promise to address all Lagos state pensioners issues.

“We thank him for our monthly pensions being regularly paid and for the online verification exercise which was remarkably successful.”

He said they are expecting other good health programmes as approved by the governor for continuous progress concerning the pensioners.

“We express our sincere gratitude to the governor for the excellent feat achieved within the short period of agitation and we thank the Lagos State Chapter of the Nigerian Labour Congress, for the maximum support given to Lagos State NUP,” he said.

The NUP scribe  also commended the Oyo State governor but called on the Ekiti, Ogun and Ondo States governors to come to the plight of pensioners.

Meanwhile in a meeting with the executive members of the NUP Lagos State Chapter, the Commissioner for Establishments, Training and Pensions, Ajibola Ponnle, affirmed that the increment will take effect from September 2020 and the arrears starting from January 2020, will be paid from September 2020, in bid to meet up with the harmonisation exercise for the pensioners.

She stated that Governor Sanwo-Olu, since his assumption of Office, has paid a total sum of 1.893Billion to  pensioners under the Defined Benefit Scheme, adding that all monthly pensions are paid as at when due without exception, despite the shortfall in revenue accruable to the state government occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Meanwhile, the Clerk of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Azeez Adebowale Sanni, on Friday,  September 11, 2020 retired from the State public service after serving for 35 years as a civil servant.

This was announced via an online statement released on Facebook page of the Lagos State House of Assembly Service Commission (LAHASCOM).

Sanni worked in various government agencies and parastatals. Notable among such are; Ministry of Finance, September 1988-1999, Ministry of Home Affairs and Culture, 1999-2004. Ministry of Establishment Training and Pension, Jan- Sept 2004 and was later appointed as Secretary to the Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board from Sept 2004- March 2009 before he was deployed to the Lagos State House of Assembly in March 2009 initially as Assistant Director (PRS) and later as Deputy Director Admin and Human Resources.

He was appointed as the Acting Clerk of the House in 2016.

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