The Lagos State Government on Tuesday organized send forth for 63 retirees which cut across the mainstream of the civil service.
The event held at Adeyemi Bero Auditorium, Alausa-Ikeja had retired officers from Lagos State Civil Service, retirees, families, friends, colleagues and well-wishers in attendance.
In his keynote address, the Head of Service, Mr Hakeem Muri- Okunola who was represented by Tutor General/ Permanent Secretary, Education District 1, Mrs Margaret Solarin, said the present administration in Lagos State has put in place several initiatives and programmes to keep retirees active and remain connected to the state government, adding that such programmes include bi-monthly webinar, quarterly trainings and sensitisations, skill acquisition and vocational trainings and mentoring scheme among others.
He therefore admonished all retirees to leverage on the highlighted opportunities provided by the government to make them employers of labour and at the same time have source of extra income which hopefully keeping them more engaged.
He also reminded the retirees that government has put in place the post-service department in the Office of the Head of Service to continually attend to all issues relating to welfare packages of the retirees and improvement in their life style after retirement.
“Let me remind all our retirees that the state government has put in place several initiatives and programmes to keep our retirees active and remain connected to Lagos State Government. Such programmes include but are not limited to the bi-monthly webinar, quarterly trainings and mentoring scheme among others”, HOS said.
Earlier in her welcome address, the representative of the Permanent Secretary, Public Service Office, Mrs Sunkanmi Oyegbola, acknowledged the contributions of the retirees to the development of the state and their exemplary conduct while in service.
She however urged the retirees to deliberately take care of their health and wellbeing, just as she appealed to them to take advantage of the services provided by the post service department, while also expressed gratitude to the state Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu for granting approval for the event and the Head of Service for his support in hosting the event.
“I am of the opinion that you will now have time not only for yourself but your families, as you will be able to deploy your skills, wide knowledge and extensive administrative and management experience garnered over the years.
She thereby I implored them to be deliberate in paying attention to their personal health and wellness”, she stated.
Presenting the retirees, Director, Post Service Department, Mrs Bukonla Durodola
charged the retirees not to be tired in retirement.
Responding on behalf of the retirees, Mr. Lawrence Onafowokan, appreciates the Lagos State government for organizing such a wonderful retirement ceremony as they bow out public service.
He also gave glory to God Almighty for sparing their lives, noting that though they have exited, but appealed that government should speedily organise and work upon their retirement benefits without delay.
The sixty three retirees were made up of thirty management officers ,thirty three Senior and junior officers.
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