10 INEC directors retire from service

Ten directors in the Independent National Electoral Commission heading different departments have officially retired from service, after attaining the mandatory 60 years of age, or 35 years of service.

Speaking at the send-off for the directors in Abuja on Sunday, INEC National Commissioner, Prof. Mohammed Adams, congratulated them on their retirement.

“As you retire you shouldn’t at any time worry yourself about the past, but the future.

“Don’t think this is the end of the road. This is actually the beginning of another journey in your lives because you are all professionals in your respective fields,” he said.

Adams advised them to use their retirement to engage in meaningful activities that would yield them good income.

He advised people in active service not to be scared of retirement, but to create a niche for themselves in whatever capacity they found themselves.

“We should be happy with whatever position you find yourself; be grateful to God and create a niche for yourself,” he said.

INEC Secretary, Mrs Rose Oriaran-Anthony, commended the retired directors for their hard work and dedication to service.

Oriaran-Anthony, represented by the Director, INEC Secretariat, Mrs Maryam Musa, congratulated them and wished them well in their future endeavours.

The INEC Director of Training, Dr Binta Kasim, encouraged the retirees to use their retirement to engage in whatever they derived pleasure in doing.

“We have a lot of people who still had a lot of achievements after retirement, including the owner of KFC; some others wrote books that fetched them good money,” Kasim said.

Mrs Blessing Obidiegwu, speaking on behalf of the retirees, said they represented the last batch of INEC pioneer staff.

She appreciated the commission for the opportunity given to them to serve.

She advised those in active service to continue to do their best for the commission, while also urging that the gender policy of the commission be sustained.

“I am very happy that the gender struggle I started is moving on. With the number of women I am seeing here as directors, the commission is doing well,” Obidewu said.

Another retiree, Mr Chima Duruaku, commended INEC for the opportunity given to them to make a modest contribution to its development and the electoral process.

He also appreciated the recognition from the commission.

Duruaku advised INEC to continue to build on institutional memories and mechanisms that would ensure that the legacies left behind were not only sustained but also built upon.

He said expertise in election administration in the country resided in the commission and most INEC achievements were homegrown, hence the need to build on those structures to achieve more.

The retirees were Mrs Blessing Obidiegwu – Gender and Inclusivity; Anthony Abarowei – Finance and Accounts; Micah Lakumna – Administration; Alhaji Idris Aminu – Election and Party Monitoring; Olayiwola Oyeniyi – Finance and Accounts; and Chima Duruaku – Planning and Monitoring.

Others were Mr. Leonard Lortsor- Estate, Works and Transport; Ayodele Aluko – Voter Education and Publicity; Samson Lebari – Security; and Mrs Oluwatoyin Babalola – Legal Services and Drafting.