12th May, 2022
Lagos charges pensioners to embrace digital world
Published By: Kazeem Ugbodaga
The Lagos State Government has harped on the need for pensioners and senior citizens of the State to participate fully in the digital world so as not to be left behind.
The Commissioner for Establishments, Training and Pensions, Mrs. Ajibola Ponnle gave this admonition at the Lagos State Pensioners’ Week Flag Off Ceremony at Ikeja recently.
Ponnle, who implored all older persons to explore all the various online applications and social media platforms to keep abreast of the happenings around, added that there was a need for pensioners to engage themselves in a way that would make life worth living for them.
Ponnle, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Office of Establishments and Training, Dr. Abiodun Onayele, further explained that the event was an avenue for the state government to further strengthen the existing bond with Retirees/Senior Citizens and to give them assurance that they are relevant in the scheme of things within the public service and beyond.
The Commissioner said “We are all aware that aging and growing old comes with attendant challenges and opportunities. That is why the theme for this years’ celebration: “Digital Equity For All Ages” is predicated on the need for access and meaningful participation in the digital world by older persons.”
Chairman, Nigerian Union of Pensioners (NUP), Lagos State Chapter, Rev. Alexander Johnson, commended Sanwo-Olu’s administration for coming up with various schemes to ameliorate the condition of pensioners in the State.
Reverend Johnson said, “We appreciate your administration’s developmental projects coupled with your giant strides to move Lagos to the next level which is evidenced by the fact that we are not talking of Pensioners Day but Pensioners Week Celebration in Lagos State as your administration is taking this to the grassroots of the five IBILE Divisions.”
The Lagos State Head of Service, Mr. Hakeem Muri-Okunola, who was represented by the Director, Post Service Department, Mrs. Bukola Durodola, disclosed that his office had created several opportunities to encourage retirees to be more active and explore new avenues for growth.
These programmes, she said included a bi-monthly webinar on zoom to enlighten retirees about the management of their health, finances and general wellbeing, among others.