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Retirement: HoS tasks stakeholders on terminal benefits

By Kemi Olatunde

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Ondo State Head of Service, Bayo Philip has called on relevant stakeholders in the public service to ensure timely processing of terminal benefits of all retiring officers in order to make life after retirement pleasant for them.

He made the call while addressing Permanent Secretaries and other Accounting Officers at his maiden meeting with them in Akure.

Philip who frowned at a situation where retirees still process their documentation months after retiring from office, mandated the offices of the state Accountant General, Auditor General, the State and Local Government Pension Transitional Departments, the State Teaching Service Commission, Civil Service Commission and other relevant stakeholders to convene a meeting to fashion out modalities to achieve automatic and smooth migration of retiring officers from salary payroll to pension payroll without unnecessary encumbrances.

According to him; “one of my areas of focus is how do we reduce the rigour associated with pension payment or pension documentation. We will need your ingenuity. We can have a seamless way of transiting to pension the succeeding month after the last salary of officers in service.”

He urged workers to always put in their best in the service to reciprocate the good gesture of government towards their welfare

While expressing appreciation to Governor Lucky Aiyedatiwa for his recent appointment of more Permanent Secretaries in the state and local government services, the HOS enjoined the Accounting Officers to champion the required changes in the service for effective service delivery, adding that the era when morale of workers were low due to backlog of salary areas is gone.

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“Now government is not owing us but even doing top up; we have thirty five thousand naira wage award, we have palliative buses. I want to implore us to galvanize the younger officers and show them by example that they need to be more committed to this work,” he said.

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