By Daud Olatunji
ABEOKUTA—The Ogun State government has penciled down 300 civil servants in the state including Head of Service and 12 Permanent Secretaries for retirement this year.
The Head of Service, HoS, in the State, Modupe Adekunle, said this during a two-day Franchising and Entrepreneurship Development Programme organised for the intending retirees in the state civil service in Abeokuta.
Adekunle said the 300 workers who had served the state for 35 years, as well as those who had attained the retirement age of 60 years, including herself and 12 Permanent Secretaries would be leaving the state workforce by December this year.
The HoS, in an interview after her address at the programme, explained that government organised the programme to prepare the intending retirees for the psychological challenges often associated with retirement.
According to her, “We have said let us put this together and show them some opportunities that are available and to make them realise that they need to prepare psychologically because once you retire, your income come down, you are not going home with full pay. In fact, your lifestyle would change, your colleagues in the office are no longer there and the position you have been occupying is no longer there. They should be careful; they should be psychologically prepared for it and they should not think of getting into paid employment anymore. After 35 years, they should actually sit down and relax.”
On the difficulties often faced by retirees in getting their gratuities, Adekunle explained that the present administration in the state had a deliberate policy of settling the gratuities of retirees at the point of retirement.
According to him, “In Ogun state once you leave and once you have prepared your papers ahead of time, you will get your pension immediately. On the gratuities, we are looking at ways to ensure you get it as soon as you are living. The problems have been the arrears met on ground that we are settling. But I want to assure you that the governor is looking into the arrears issue and we will surely find a way out.”