HOS Directors’ Forum Seeks Presidential Recognition For Retiring Civil Servants


The Forum of Directors in the office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, has appealed to the Federal Government to introduce policy of giving retiring officers presidential recognition, while exiting the service.

The group made the call at the send-off ceremony of three retired directors in the civil service.

The retirees are Mr Ekeocha Ndubuisi, who served formally as the Director of Planning Analytical and Monitoring, Dr Omogo Chinedu, a former Director of Organisation Design and Development and Dr Olushola Magbadelo, a former Director, Civil Service Transformation.

Mr Bala Mohammed, the Head of the forum in his address said such recognition would encourage and appreciate selfless services rendered by them, especially those who had reached the peak of their career.

Mohammed appreciated the office management for honouring the retirees for their selfless contributions to their father land.

“You will agree with me that it’s not a child’s play for somebody to reach the pinnacle of his career; it is worth appreciating and celebrating.

“These people we are honouring today have met all the criteria for us to celebrate them, they have all reached the pinnacle of their careers which was through hard work and perseverance.

“I want to use this opportunity, therefore, to appeal to the Head of Service to introduce a policy of giving retiring officers a ‘Presidential Handshake’ as an innovation to encourage and appreciate selfless services rendered by them.”

Mr Adeoye Ayodeji, the Permanent Secretary, Career Management Office, commended the retirees for their contributions, while in service, adding that the management wished them well as they exist the service.

“We don’t have much to give you, we wish you well, thank you for your years of selfless services to the nation.

“God has used you in several times to touch lives and he is the rewarder.”

He prayed for God’s reward for them, good health, long life and prosperity, adding that they will receive more favour even after their exit from the service.

Also, Dr Deborah Bako, Permanent Secretary, Service Policy and Strategy Office, expressed happiness on their successful career.

She said that civil servants contribute 80 per cent of the nation’s development hence deserve appreciation at the end of their career.

“I want to, on behalf of the Head of Service, thank you for your years of service.

“I remember each time you were preparing for your exams, the Head of service will talk about the civil service and how it is the engine room of the country.

“And how it is the way through which the policies of government actually make sense and reach the citizens.”

Responding, Magbadelo, on behalf of the retirees, thanked God for his sustained grace upon him and his colleagues throughout their service years.

Sharing his experiences, Magbadelo said working as a civil service was a training ground to him and a grooming ground for future leaders, adding however that civil servants are doing so much but were not well appreciated.

“I think government should look the way of civil servants and encourage them to put in their best.

“It should do everything to ensure that civil servants are encouraged to deliver on the mandates given to them.

“The country is as developed as the kind of people that are in the service because no country can develop beyond the level of development of the civil servants.

“During my years of service, I went through all sorts but I am grateful to God because I was able to use the opportunities available for self-improvement.”

Magbadelo advised civil servants, who are still in active service, to utilize all the opportunities within the service for self-development.

Presentation of plagues and gifts to the retirees by the management was the highlights of the event.

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