Pace with digital developments, government urges pensioners
Lagos State government has underscored the need for pensioners and senior citizens in 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.
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 is a need for pensioners to engage themselves in a way that will make life worth living for them.
The commissioner who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Office of Establishments and Training, Dr. Abiodun Onayele, 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 year’s celebration: “Digital Equity For All Ages,” is predicated on the need for access and meaningful participation in the digital world by older persons.”
In his comment, 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.
The Lagos State Head of Service, Mr. Muri Okunola, who was represented by the Director of the Post Service Department, Mrs. Bukola Durodola, disclosed that his Office has created several opportunities to encourage retirees to be more active and explore new avenues for growth. These programmes include a bi-monthly webinar on zoom to enlighten retirees about the management of their health, finances and general wellbeing, among others.