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Retired HOS, PS still useful, relevant to Nigeria’s development, says Olaopa

The chairman, Federal Civil Service Commission, Prof. Tunji Olaopa, has said that the Retired Federal Permanent Secretaries and Heads of the Civil Service of the Federation are still relevant to the country’s development.

Olaopa spoke at the Council of Retired Federal Permanent Secretaries and Heads of the Civil Service of the Federation (CORFEPS) week in Abuja with the theme ‘Reflections on Nigeria’s Public Service: Way forward for good governance.’

He said retired permanent secretaries have abilities that transcend diversities.

He stated: “Retired Permanent secretaries are super because, as a unique dimension in policy and administrative professionalism, they had eyes that see through confounding complexities in a dark era of our nation’s history.

“They demonstrated managerial acumen which enabled them to leverage on their positions as bureaucrats to mobilise a portfolio of technocratic competences that enabled the Gowon administration to weather the storms of a singular burden of history, and at that, in a measure, that secured the unique endorsement, that an all-almost collapsed nation could go on as one Nigeria, despite her combustible diversities and dysfunctional federalism.”

Also, former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babagana Kingibe, lamented that once a permanent Secretary retires, he or she does not want to be seen which he described as a loss to the nation.

“Although you have left where you served, you still owe your duty to the office you left and the officers who succeeded you to offer advice.

“However, there is a big mistake in the Nigeria context. When one leaves the office, the people you serve do not want to see your face anymore. It is a loss to the nation. Each one of us has a store of knowledge. The essence of the civil service goes beyond technical education. It demands greater capabilities. But how can we help the civil service when we are not consulted? We have to find a way to restore our transparent, and accountable public service.”

The chairman of the occasion, the Olu of Ilu-Abo and the Baba Oga of the Akure Kingdom, and former Secretary to the Government of the Federation during the General Ibrahim Babangida regime, His Majesty Olu Falae advised that there was still an opportunity to serve despite being retired as a government official.

He said: “Continue to serve this nation in your capacity. Retired permanent secretaries possess collective wisdom and knowledge.”

Also, the chief host and chairman of CORFEPs, Yayale Ahmed said the public service is the engine room of the government, noting that the theme of the occasion would allow them to look back on their past journeys and assess the present.

Ahmed, however, advised the retirees: “You must be brave, courageous, and truthful at all times. But if you do not tell the truth, the purpose of being former permanent secretaries and your reservoir of knowledge will not be gained by the nation.”

Source:The nation