By Ifeyinwa Amulu
To make transition from work to retirement enjoyable and rewarding, the Federal Capital Territory Administration through the Abuja Enterprise Agency has organized a weeklong FCTA pre-retirement training programme for its staff who have retired or approaching retirement for the year 2019. The training which comprises two different batches had about 200 participants in attendance. While the first batch held in March, the second kicked off at the of the Agency Entrepreneurial complex on Monday, 8th July, 2019.
The Director, Human Resources FCTA, Dr Lazarus Gaza in his opening speech advised the participants to take the training seriously as it will add more value to them after retirement. He said the training was organized so that life after service would be productive for the retirees.
“My advice to them is to maximize the benefits of this training so as to prepare themselves for life after retirement. It’s one thing to live service after 35 years and another thing to live your life profitably. Life after service should also be productive. They can be given credit facilities to establish their businesses which they will manage.”
The Managing Director/ Chief Executive Officer of Abuja Enterprise Agency Muhammad Arabi Tukur expressed his delight seeing most of them retire in good health and their eagerness to learn even at the retirement age.
He said the pre-retirement training is organized towards successfully transiting Staff of the Federal Capital Territory Administration who have or are approaching the mandatory age of retirement or maximum years of services from public service to private life. According to him retirement is a great change in the life of any public services officer, having spent most of their productive life working for the public sector, retirement changes the entire schedule of one’s daily routine.
He said, “This training programme offers to prepare retiring public officers both psychologically and physically with the requisite skills to maintain the same level of productivity after leaving public service”.
“This training programme will facilitate your transition from public service to entrepreneur state. The training will cover critical areas such as Idea generation, making safe Investment decisions, Business models and so on. The Training is designed to expand your business acumen and skills’’.
He maintained that the training will enable them acquire skills to enable them start their businesses. “We decided to bring agric-business into it. Largely it’s going to be about animal husbandry, poultry, fishery, piggery and horticulture and also, ICT, carpentry, and leather work,” he added.
‘These skills will maintain your competitive edge and ensure whatever business you venture into will remain relevant in the evolving world of business’’.
One of the participants from the Secondary Education Board, Mrs Margaret Akpobome, said the training was very important. “I hope that at the end of this programme, I will be able to acquire skills that will enable me establish businesses to have multiple streams of income.”
During the closing ceremony which held on Friday, 12th July, 2019, the Deputy General Manager, AEA Mal. Shehu Abulkadir thanked the Participants for their consistency and resourcefulness and implore that the skills and knowledge gained will be impactful. He also informed them that AEA door is open to support, nurture the upcoming businesses and upscale the existing ones.
One of the participants Mr Abubakar Idris thanked the Federal Capital Territory Administration for the training as it has inspired and geared them towards entrepreneurial Skills to look up to life after retirement. He also prayed Participants put skills acquired to use and the administration to sustained the training so staff will not be afraid of retirement.