The Director-General of the Lagos State Pension Commission (LASPEC), Babalola Obilana, has urged public servants to ensure proper documentation before they leave the service.
Obilana made the appeal last Monday at a one-day Retirement Benefit Documentation Seminar organised for employees due to retire from the Lagos State Public Service between July and December 2023.
According to the DG, “Proper documentation will aid the processing of their entitlements easily.
“After this seminar, we expect them to go back and check their documents to ensure they are complete so that there won’t be any problem.
“We hold this seminar every six months. It is important that civil servants know what they need to do before leaving to ensure they get their benefits easily.”
Speaking also, a Director in the state Ministry of Education, Olushoga Olokode, said the seminar would help encourage retirees on their plans after leaving the service.
He emphasised that: “It’s to tutor us on what to meet after retirement, and what life in retirement will look like.
“The programme has encouraged many people before now. It will broaden our knowledge and encourage us that we can still enjoy life after retirement though there may not be sufficient money.”
Also, the Founder of The Bloombox Platform, Mrs. Inyang Sami-Orungbe, expressed excitement as part of the panel to impart knowledge on the significance of managing finance during and after retirement.
“It has always been a great challenge, especially in the civil service, where the earnings are insignificant.
“When you come into retirement highly depleted, they need to know how to manage it so they can at least live a decent life,” she added.