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Dr. Peter Egbodo
Overseeing Permanent Secretary/Director, Joint Services

"Leaving service is like any other work phase of lives. There are many phases of lives." Dr. Egbodo, Director, Joint Services, Interior Affairs Ministry.

Staff of the Ministry of Interior have been admonished to always render assistance to retirees who visit the Ministry for their entitlement.

Giving these words of admonition is the Honourable Minister of Interior, Dr. Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo while addressing staff at a sendforth ceremnoy for some the retired directors and staff of the Ministry which also include the immediate past Permamnt Secretary of the Ministry, Dr. Oluwatoyin Akinlade, on Friday. 

Tunji-Ojo, who was represented at the event by the Director of the Joint Services of the Ministry who is also the Overseer of the Office of Permanent Secretary, Dr. Peter Egbodo, urged the staff not to see the retirees as a burden.

According to Egbodo, "if you see a retiree, know it very well, you that have not been retired, don't take it for granted, you too will retire, some of you that have one thing or the other to do with the office, anytime you come around, those of us that are still here, don't allow us to see them as disturbing us, any entitlement of theirs that is outstanding let us support them to get those entitlement without stress".

Dr. Egbodo sought the support of the Ministry's senior citizens with their wealth of experience, just as he pledged the continue support of the Ministry to the retirees.

"Leaving service is like any other work phase of lives. There are many phases of lives," he said.

"There is the tendency in which one's community, state, local government or the country will need your service at any capacity."

"What is important is to crave for good health. Some achieve their positive lives after active service," he added.

Dr Egbodo applauded the Minister and the retired Permanent Secretary, Dr. Oluwatoyin Akinlade for the event, which he said approval for the sent-forth was granted before her retirement.

The Ministry presented a gift to each of the senior citizens from the ministry which included different sizes of Television sets and other items as a token of appreciation for their meritorious service to the nation.

The event was attended by directors and staff of the ministry who were there to share the joy of the moment with their retired senior colleagues.

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