HOS tells civil servants to retire after 35 years


The Cross River State Head of Service, Mrs Theresa Ikwen has declared that the practice where civil servants of retirement age of 35 years turn round to ask for contract appointment rather than proceed on retirement deprives young people from being employed into the civil service.

Mrs Ikwen said retirement after 35 years of work is a noble option which the civil servants should look forward to and not dread and accordingly called on them to prepare in advance for their retirement by participating in workshops and other activities that would prepare them for safe landing during retirement.

The Head of Service, who was addressing civil servants at the Cross River State Liaison office in Abuja, advised them to shun the thought of remaining in the service by falsifying their ages or taking up contract appointment.

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The Cross River State Government, Mrs Ikwen said, has lifted the embargo on promotion without the qualified civil servants having to write examination and called on briefs on staff qualified for promotion to be forwarded to her for consideration.

She said several welfare packages have been introduced for workers in the state such as car loan, housing scheme and assets acquisition and called on them to embrace government’s magnanimity and better their lot.

By Emma Una/Calabar

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