The Lagos State Government has empowered 50 retirees with various entrepreneurial skills.
They were equipped with skills in auto-gele and packaging of gift items among others.
This is to ensure the well-being and financial independence of persons who had served in various capacities as civil servants.
The Lagos State Head of Service, Hakeem Muri-Okunola, said the quarterly training programme was in continuation of the State Governor’s, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, commitment to empower retired civil servants.
Muri-Okunola, represented by the Permanent Secretary Public Service Office, Samson Ajibade, made this remark at the closing ceremony of a two-day skills acquisition programme for retirees.
According to him, they offered various skills acquisition and other income-earning training sessions to guarantee social and economic relief, reduce emotional and physical stress and poverty among retired officials of the state.
Speaking also, the Director, Post Service Department, Bukola Durodola, said the training and sensitisation programme was initiated to enhance the quality of lives of retirees.
In her words, the training created an opportunity for the retirees to network and interact, just as it will make them independent in retirement.
She added: “We ensured there is continuous training for all the retirees, which is good for their mental health and would reduce being lonely now that they are not engaged in any active work.”
A retiree and participant, Olushola Adekola, commended the state governor. Adding, he expressed that the training would make participants productive, relevant, and useful to themselves while living healthy lives in retirement.