Fashola Distributes Cheques Of 142 Percent Arrears To 700 LAWMA Pensioners
Jul 28, 2009 - Lagos State Governor, Mr Babatunde Fashola (SAN) on Tuesday distributed cheques of 142 percent harmonization arrears to 700 retirees of the Lagos State Waste Management Authority (LAWMA), assuring them that the State Government is keen on ensuring that public service remains noble service.
According to Governor Fashola who spoke at the presentation of cheques to the beneficiaries which took place at the headquarters of the Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) in Ijora, the State will continue to honour those who have served diligently in their prime.
He explained that the State Government recently organized an 80th birthday reception for former Governor, Alhaji Lateef Jakande as part of efforts to refire the spirit of public service in the younger generation that it is noble to serve.
The Governor added that he was at the event to fulfill an obligation which he owes the retirees who gave their youth and prime to serving their state and making it better.
Governor Fashola explained that Lagos has become a shining example of a state which should be emulated by others where the leaders expect their children and those who take after them to be able to perform better than them, stressing that he is enjoying tremendous support from former Governor Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
The Governor corroborated an earlier assertion by one of the retirees that there is so much history about the LAWMA premises in terms of the great things that have happened in the organization and generally about public utilities like the Railways which during its hey day employed hundreds of thousands of Lagosians and Nigerians and keeping their families intact.
He said: “We are set to restore building blocks that made our state and country the great people of a great nation that everyone is proud of. We will make it better”.
He added that: “to further ensure that our pensioners do not go through unnecessary hardship and humiliation while collecting what rightly belongs to them, our administration introduced the Bi-metric equipment which is highly efficient in capturing verification data and accessible”.
Governor Fashola reiterated that with the new Pension scheme, the State has inaugurated a Pension Commission which will ensure that the collection process becomes painless and less cumbersome.
He added that Lagos State has invested heavily in Information Technology such that that things can be done better in some other ways, saying”” we cannot do old things and expect to get new results always”.
The Governor expressed his appreciation to the LAWMA retirees who while in service, were dedicated to duty and contributed their own quota to ensure a cleaner and safer Lagos, saying “we all know how you made relentless efforts at picking up refuse at different centres to dumpsite, how you assisted in cleaning and draining the gutters, how you worked to ensure that canals were not blocked”.
Speaking earlier, the Commissioner for the Environment, Dr Muiz Banire commended the State Government for seeing to the plight of the heroes who have served diligently.
He added that it is only in Lagos that anyone can conveniently say that Pensioners are very comfortable, adding that the management of LAWMA is already meeting its target.
Also speaking, the Managing Director of LAWMA, Mr Ola Oresanya said the ultimate aim of LAWMA is to ensure that Lagos becomes the cleanest state in Africa.
He added that when the present management took over at LAWMA in 1995, it inherited unpaid pension, gratuity, death benefits and other entitlements of Pensioners close to N300,000,000, adding that it has been paid over a period of four years.
He added that though the Pensioners have retired, they are fully involved in mobilizing people within their communities for participation in monthly environmental sanitation exercises and monitoring of activities of PSP operators.
In her address, the director of Pensions in the Local Government Service Commission, Mrs Regina Obasa thanked the Governor for putting smiles on the face of the retirees who are toiled diligently during their prime years.
She added that just as 700 pensioners are benefitting from the exercise at LAWMA, another 9000 workers were given the arrears of their pension totaling N5Billion some months ago.
Also speaking, the first indigenous General Manager of LAWMA, Mr. Adedayo Adeyemi acknowledged that even when the Colonial masters were in control of LAWMA, the environment and facilities were not as beautiful and good as it is now.
He commended the innovativeness brought into the administration of the organization by the present management.
Representatives of the obviously elated Pensioners prayed for the continued progress of the State and praised the Governor for his people centred programmes as well as his sterling leadership qualities.