In a poignant ceremony held in Abuja on Sunday, ten directors from various departments at the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) bid farewell as they officially retired upon reaching the mandatory age of 60 or completing 35 years of service. Addressing the retirees, INEC National Commissioner Prof. Mohammed Adams extended congratulations, noting that retirement should be seen as the commencement of a new chapter rather than the end of the road.
“As you retire, don’t worry about the past, but focus on the future. This is the beginning of another journey in your lives because you are all professionals in your respective fields,” Prof. Adams emphasized, urging them to engage in meaningful activities that could yield good income.
INEC Secretary Mrs. Rose Oriaran-Anthony, represented by Director Mrs. Maryam Musa, commended the retirees for their dedication and hard work in service. She extended warm wishes for their future endeavors and expressed gratitude for their contributions to the commission.
Dr. Binta Kasim, INEC Director of Training, encouraged the retirees to pursue activities that brought them joy in retirement. Drawing inspiration from success stories post-retirement, Kasim highlighted achievements such as the founder of KFC and authors who found success in writing books.
Speaking on behalf of the retirees, Mrs. Blessing Obidiegwu noted that they represented the last batch of INEC pioneer staff and expressed gratitude for the opportunity to serve. She urged those still in active service to continue doing their best for the commission while emphasizing the importance of sustaining the commission’s gender policy.
Retiree Mr. Chima Duruaku praised INEC for providing them with the opportunity to contribute modestly to its development and the electoral process. Duruaku emphasized the need for INEC to build on institutional memories and mechanisms, ensuring that legacies left behind were not only sustained but also enhanced.
The retirement ceremony underscored the significance of recognizing the contributions of these key figures to INEC’s growth, with a focus on fostering continuity, institutional memory, and building upon the achievements made during their service.