Retirement Not Death Sentence –HOS …As Ministry Of Information Rewards Staff
The Rivers State Head of Service (HOS), Mr. Rufus Godwin has urged retirees in the state public service to see retirement as another phase of life rather than a form of death sentence.
Mr. Godwin was speaking at the send forth organized by the State Ministry of Information and Communication, for its 2015-2019 batches of retirees, in Port Harcourt.
The HOS explained that retirees like every other person are endowed with great potentials that can be deployed in their next stage of life.
He added that, as retirees from the public service, they have a lot of useful experiences that they can deploy to contribute to the development of the society.
Represented on the occasion by Sir, Nnamdi Oku, the HOS enjoined those still in service to remain committed and guard their responsibilities with greater dedication; in order to benefit from the rewards of retirements from service.
Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Information and Communication, Pastor Paulinus Nsirim in his speech said the event was organized by the ministry to appreciate the contributions of the retirees to the ministry and the state public service in general.
Nsirim commended the officials of the ministry for the commitment in organizing the event, despite what he termed the prevailing economic meltdown that has affected funding in the system.
While wishing the retirees well in their future endeavors, Mr. Nsirim also prayed that greater doors and opportunities will be open to them in their journey of life.
Earlier, chairman of the state Civil Service Commission, Chief Oris Onyiri, represented by a commissioner in the commission, Sir, Hon, Confa Harry, urged the retirees to tap into the various opportunities available in the political and social environment of the country where they can play prominent roles of service to the people.
Onyiri explained that out of the over 2000 retirees from the public serve, between 2015 -2019, 73 of them came from the Ministry of Information and Communication and expressed appreciation to Governor Nyesom Wike for ensuring the amendment of the controversial contributing pension scheme, which he stated retirees are already being paid their arrears.
Highlight of the event, was the special awards and gifts to some of the retirees.