Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong
Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong

In Plateau state, retired permanent secretaries would be re-engaged by the state government so their wealth of experience can be tapped from.

This policy was declared by the governor of the state, Simon Lalong, when he received members of the Forum of Retired Permanent Secretaries.

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He pointed out the wastage inherent in not taking advantage of the knowledge and experience garnered by the retired Perm Secs.

“You cannot have these resources and allow them to waste.

“Part of the policy I have taken is that many of you will be re-engaged in one way or the other,” he said.

The re-engagement would involve postings to germane areas in Plateau state, including agriculture which is a focal area at both state and national level. Others would be involved in research to help in policy formulation and its execution.

Lalong attributed his administration’s achievements to the effectiveness of the state’s permanent secretaries and this prompted his directive that civil servants were paid their salaries and pension arrears.

The governor assured Plateau workers that all staff claims, including gratuities, would soon be cleared to enable the government to look forward.

In his remarks, Mr John Gobak, chairman of the Forum, said that the Forum was not a pressure group or trade union. It was created to address the welfare and social needs of their members as they aged.

The chairman commended the governor for the payment of their outstanding salaries and pensions, though he said he hoped it will “include local government staff and teachers.”

“We promise to complement your efforts by being a reservoir from which you can draw at will.”