The Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, has stated that state government is aiding workers in the achievement of a smooth transition from active service to retirement stage.
This was stated by the Governor through the Commissioner, Lagos State Ministry of Establishments, Training and Pensions, Dr. Akintola Benson, at the opening session of a workshop on ‘How to prepare officers of the Lagos State Civil Service for retirement’.
He said, “This training is designed to prepare officers of the CSPO to counsel retirees and pensioners on how to manage the transition from active service to retirement. In this address, I wish to point out the general modalities for fulfilling this task.
“As prospective retirees facing a new future, officers of the CSPO allay their fears about the future. They should encourage them to eschew fear and anxiety and instead embrace faith and hope as they go into a new stage in their lives.”
The governor said that the CSPO was saddled with the responsibility of ensuring that pensioners of the state on the ‘pay-as-you-go’ scheme were paid their entitlements as at when due, adding that it had been responsible for the welfare of pensioners and retirees in Lagos State.
Over the years, he said, the CSPO had put in place various measures to ease the burden of retirees and ensure their comfort.
Ambode said, “While change may bring daunting challenges, you really have nothing to be anxious about. In the first place, you have the advantage of having served an organisation that has made adequate arrangements for your future in retirement.”