The Lagos State Government yesterday called on the Federal Government to pay up the total sum of N13, 993,405,837 that it owes pensioners in the state and local governments.
A breakdown of the figure shows that the Federal Government is indebted to workers employed directly into the state public service to the tune of N1, 107, 267, 537.95 as outstanding arrears on pension and N12, 266, 652,137.60 to workers in the 20 local governments.Commissioner for Establishments, Training and Pensions, Mrs. Modupe Oguntuase who made the revelation in Lagos said that between October 2010 and December 2012, the state government paid accumulated sum of N14, 486, 214,538.53 kobo into the accounts of 2,604 retirees in Lagos.
She said the sum of N3, 544,934, 392. 53 kobo was also paid to 780 retirees in form of bond certificate adding that till date the state government has paid a total sum of N18, 031,148, 931.06 kobo to retirees.
“The state government is committed to the success of the contributory pension scheme; to this effect, the monthly remittance of the monthly deductions of 7.5 percent of salary and 7.5 percent by government to the pension fund administrators is up to date. As at date, a total of N39, 518,948,038.71 kobo only has been remitted to the PFAs”. She said.
Oguntuase said that the state government expended N394, 231,622.92 kobo to train 7, 457 staff in the state public service adding that more than ever before, the ministry has been strategically repositioned to play a vital role in contributing to the transformation of Lagos from a chaotic environment in the past to a society that respects law and order.