About 300 civil servants including 12 permanent secretaries in the Ogun State Civil Service will retire from the civil service in December after meeting the mandatory years of service or reached the retirement age.
The retirement was announced on Wednesday at the two day Franchising and Entrepreneurship Development Programme organised for the intending retirees by the Ogun State Government.
The training programme held at Oba’s complex, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta and had in attendance retirees, including permanent secretaries, where they were taught how to make life meaningful after retirement.
The Head of Service of the State, Modupe Adekunle, in her opening speech noted that retirement is supposed to be a period to sit back, rest and enjoy the fruits of the labour. She lamented that over the years the thought of retirement scared a lot of people because of the fear of the unknown.
“Public servants fear retirement like children fear darkness of an empty room, all because of the fear of the unknown. They are scared of what life will be in retirement. It is to prevent the inevitable that you find people changing the date of birth or even the date of appointment,” Ms. Adekunle said.
The Head of Service said the fear of retirement is the reason the entrepreneurial training and counselling for prospective retirees was established. She said that a well planned retirement can be enjoyed while some retirees have been known to turn lifelong hobbies into successful business enterprises while others start businesses of their dream.
“Most retirees have been known to succumb to financial challenges which could have been avoided if they had been introduced to basic investment knowledge, prior to their retirement,” she noted.
Ms. Adekunle also pointed out that application of effective strategies to develop essential entrepreneurship attributes is a sure way to downplay the threats and build up capacities that will successfully
exploit business opportunities.
“This is why this Entrepreneurship Development Training Programme is coming up at a good time to prepare, nurture, guide you on the likely threats and opportunities you might likely explore in the business world after retirement,” she said.
She told the participants that the purpose of the workshop is to sensitize them on the need for retirement preparedness, and to adequately equip and prepare them psychologically to face the inevitability of retirement.
“It is expected that the acquisition of basic entrepreneurship knowledge and skills will make retirement a less daunting period, since entrepreneurship has the capacity to transform the enterprise, the individual and the nation,” she said.