Ten directors heading various departments at the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) have retired from service.
The top INEC officials resigned after attaining the mandatory 60 years of age and 35 years of service.
Speaking at the send forth for the directors in Abuja on Sunday, INEC national commissioner, Prof. Mohammed Adams, congratulated them for the retirement.
“As you retire you shouldn’t at anytime worry yourself about the past, but the future,” Adams said.
“Don’t think this is the end of the road. This is actually the beginning of another journey of your lives because you are all professionals in your respective fields.”
Adams advised them to use their retirement to engage in meaningful activities that would yield them good income.
He advised people in active service not to be scared of retirement, but to create a niche for themselves in whatever capacity they found themselves.
“We should be happy with whatever position you find yourself; be grateful to God and create a niche for yourself,” he said.
The retirees include Mrs Blessing Obidiegwu –Gender and Inclusivity; Anthony Abarowei – Finance and Accounts; Micah Lakumna – Administration; Alhaji Idris Aminu– Election and Party Monitoring; Olayiwola Oyeniyi- Finance and Accounts; and Chima Duruaku – Planning and Monitoring.
Others were Mr Leonard Lortsor- Estate, Works and Transport; Ayodele Aluko – Voter Education and Publicity; Samson Lebari – Security; and Mrs Oluwatoyin Babalola – Legal Services and Drafting.