The Lagos State Government, South west Nigeria, is set to provide health insurance coverage for its retirees, which, according to the government, is to ensure that ex-workers have a long healthy life on retirement. The Director-General, Lagos State Pension Commission (LASPEC), Mrs. Folashade Onanuga, made this known at the 15th Retirement Benefit Documentation Seminar for employees in the state’s public service due to retire between January-June 2019, in Alausa, Ikeja, Lagos,
She said, “This is because health is wealth and we want to ensure that our retirees are in the best health condition to enjoy retirement. Lagos State has the interest of both its workers and ex-workers in mind.”
While calling on the would-be retirees who have a terminal ailment to submit a medical report alongside their documents when processing their pension, she promised that the state would give such retirees preferential treatment so that they can take care of their health.
The state government, through LASPEC, she said, will assist its retirees to get their respective pension entitlement as and when due, urging workers who will soon retire to always ensure that they submit the needed documentation six months before retirement to ensure that necessary approvals are made. Noting that any worker, who fails to submit the needed documents six months before retirement will lose three-month salaries, she added that the sanction was instituted to ensure that retirees are paid on time.