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By Adeyinka Aderibigbe

The Lagos State Government on Tuesday presented N254.6 million to families of 99 deceased staff of Local Government and the State Universal Basic Education Board, SUBEB as insurance benefits.

The payment is under the second phase of the payment of insurance package to families of deceased LG and SUBEB staff.

In the first phase in May, 2017, the sum of N191.9 million was paid to families of 46 deceased staff of LG and SUBEB.

Speaking at the disbursement of the fund to the beneficiaries on Tuesday at the Lagos State Government Secretariat, Alausa, in Ikeja, Lagos, Southwest Nigeria, Commissioner for Local Government and Community Affairs, Muslim Folami said 57 of the deceased staff were from Local Government while 42 others were from SUBEB.

Folami, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Local Government and Community Affairs, Fola Padonu said the current administration had assured the entire workforce of its commitment towards the wellbeing of its people.

“I need to state that this November edition which is the second phase in 2017, is witnessing payment of benefits to 99 beneficiaries; which includes 57 dependants of deceased staff of Local Government and 42 dependants of deceased staff of SUBEB. The First phase of the presentation was made in May, 2017 with 46 beneficiaries. This information depicts that appreciable number of beneficiaries have received their money as at when due,” he said.

Folami commended Governor Akinwunmi Ambode for being mindful of the plight of the dependants of the deceased staff and his commitment to the cause of prompt payment of premium which had enable the presentation possible with the objective of ameliorating the sufferings of the dependants of the deceased staff.

The commissioner advised the beneficiaries to utilise the money prudently to take care of the families left behind by the deceased.

Also speaking, the Permanent Secretary, Local Government and Community Affairs, Fola Padonu, whose speech was read by the Director, Local Government Administration, Hakeem Grillo appealed to the beneficiaries not to waste the money but use it judiciously for their benefits.

One of the beneficiaries, Omolara Shadare thanked the government for the gesture and assured that the money given would be used judiciously to take care of the family left behind by her late husband.