March 24, 2017

Head of Service cautions against stereotyping people

Mrs Winifred Oyo-Ita, the Head Civil Service of the Federation on Friday in Abuja cautioned Nigerians against stereotyping people based on their tribes.

Oyo-Ita gave the warning at the send off ceremony of Mr Innocent Ogbonnaya, outgoing Permanent Secretary, Career Management Office (CMO, Head of Service.

“I want to urge Nigerians to stop stereotyping people because of where they come from or their tribe we should relate and understand people as we meet them one on one.

“Mr Ogbonnaya is from the east and does not behave like the imaginary Igbo man, he is very humble, contented, dedicated to work and loyal,” she said.

Oyo-Ita said that saying good bye to the outgoing permanent secretary was emotional for her because he had been a brother and a colleague.

She noted that Ogbonnaya had maintained a good name while in active service, stressing that a good name was more precious than gold.

The head of service further prayed for God’s divine blessings on him and his entire household as he continues his life’s journey.

Also, Mrs Balema Wakama, Permanent Secretary, Science and Technology, congratulated Ogbonnaya on his retirement and wished him a pleasant life ahead.

She said that he came, saw and conquered, adding that as civil servant the way you exit office is significant.

She expressed her joy for him, saying he had successfully completed his service to his fatherland also describing him as humble.

In his address Mr Ndubuisi Osuji, Director Learning and Development, also described the outgoing permanent secretary as an epitome of civil service and a gentleman to the core.

Osuji said that it was with mixed feelings he was witnessing the ceremony as everything that has a beginning must have an end.

He wished Ogbonnaya all the best in his future endeavours, saying that he had left a deep foot print in the sands of time.

In his response Ogbonnaya who is clocking 60 years on March 25 thanked all the staff in the office of the head of service for their corporation during his time in service.

He urged his successors to be tolerant and carry all their subordinates along in the course of their duty.

“We all need development, I want you to use your office well to develop the younger staffers and carry them along irrespective of their tribe or religion.

“And I want you all to work harmoniously for the good of the country and God will bless all your hard work,” he said.

He also begged for forgiveness from anyone he has wronged in the course of carrying out his official duties, emphasising that he does not have any enemy.