189 de­ceased teach­ers’ fam­i­lies, oth­ers get N475m claims

The Punch - - PHOTO NEWS - Je­suse­gun Alagbe

The La­gos State Gov­ern­ment has pre­sented in­sur­ance ben­e­fits worth N475m to the rel­a­tives of 189 staff mem­bers of the State Uni­ver­sal Ba­sic Ed­u­ca­tion Board and lo­cal gov­ern­ments who died on duty.

The state Com­mis­sioner for Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment and Com­mu­nity Af­fairs, Mr Mus­lim Fo­lami, said the first phase of the pre­sen­ta­tion was made in May 2018.

In a state­ment on Thurs­day, Fo­lami de­scribed the ges­ture as a con­tin­u­ous ex­er­cise wherein an ap­pre­cia­ble num­ber of ben­e­fi­cia­ries had re­ceived their money as and when due.

“I need to state that this edi­tion is wit­ness­ing pay­ment of ben­e­fits to 116 de­pen­dents of de­ceased staff mem­bers of lo­cal gov­ern­ments and 73 de­pen­dents of de­ceased SUBEB work­ers,” Fo­lami said.

The com­mis­sioner urged the re­cip­i­ents to make ju­di­cious use of the money, adding that the money must be spent on the wel­fare of the de­ceased em­ploy­ees’ wives and chil­dren.

“The state gover­nor (Ak­in­wunmi Am­bode) is pas­sion­ate about the wel­fare of the dead and the liv­ing. So, re­mem­ber the de­parted; don’t mis­man­age the money,” he said.

Fo­lami said the Am­bode ad­min­is­tra­tion would not hes­i­tate to al­ways en­force the civic rights of ev­ery mem­ber of the state’s work­force, say­ing the gover­nor had the in­ter­est of every­one at heart.

Also, the Deputy Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor (Tech­ni­cal), LASACO As­sur­ance Plc, Mr Razaq Abio­dun, urged the re­cip­i­ents whom the de­ceased had cho­sen as next of kin to en­sure the money was used for those left be­hind by the de­ceased.

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