25 September 2023

NIGERIA: Retired staff volunteer to return

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Retired Public Servants in the Nigerian State of Osun are so concerned about the decline in quality of the Public Service they have offered to return and help out on a voluntary basis.

Chair of the Association of Retired Heads of Service and Permanent Secretaries in Osun State, Moses Inaolaji Aboaba (pictured) said the retired officials were ready to “re-invent” the Public Service and enable it to regain its lost glory and move close to what it was when it administered the now defunct Western Region.

“Instead of using consultants, who are not familiar with the system, we would support the Government with our wealth of experience,” Mr Aboaba said.

“The Civil Service is our constituency and we are concerned about its development-oriented role.”

He said he regretted the “intense politicisation of the Civil Service in Nigeria”, blaming the development on successive military administrations in the past.

“Militant incursion into politics has done so much damage to the Civil Service, during the military eras,” Mr Aboaba said.

“Civil Servants, who had been working with contentment and dedication, were suddenly thrown out of service.”

He said the effects of this remained, with a whittling down of the role of the Civil Service as an agent of social change and transformation.

“So, its role as a front desk in the functioning of Government must be re-invented to claim its lost glory,” Mr Aboaba said.

Osogbo, 19 June 2018

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