by Monu Donald/ Tina Osoro
The Permanent Secretary, Delta State Ministry of information, Mr Paul Osahor has, after spending mandtory 35 years in service, today, bowed out from the Delta State Civil Service.
In a ceremony held to mark his retirement, the Commissioner for Information, Mr Charles Aniagwu, extolled his virtues and applauded him for having served meritoriously for past 35 years.
He said “you have done your part and to the best of my knowledge, you have done very well. It is not easy to put in 35 years, which is the maximum allowed by the law for Civil Servants; those who speak English will call it “unblemished” 35 years of service.”
Aniagwu also appreciated the good working relationship he had with the Permanent Secretary over the years, saying he was a father figure, who always had the interest of the ministry and staff at heart.
Addressing the incoming functioning Permanent Secretary, Mr Lucky Omokri, the commissioner charged him to follow in the footsteps of his predecessor by operating an open door policy with his subordinates.
“In terms of your disposition with issues, there are times you don’t need to hold on to issues, you need to move with the times, knowing that times change, and there are times you don’t need to hold on to old principles.
“A number of the rules are no longer in conformity with the times, so we have to adapt to be able to make progress. This is why I say let’s leave our doors open even to the least, and allow them to share their ideas, because sometimes they may have a better idea. Ideas are not usually from the top all the time.”
Earlier, Mr Paul Osahor thanked the Management and staff of the Ministry of Information for the cooperation given to him in the course of his service and admonished them to be diligent in their duties and also respect constituted authority.
Mr Lucky Omokri the incoming functioning Permanent Secretary in his acceptance speech, said that he will operate an open door policy, even as he solicited for the cooperation of the staff of he ministry.
Highpoint of the event was the official handover to the in-coming permanent secretary by the out-gone permanent secretary.