It was yet another remarkable celebration for members of National Forum of Heads of Federal Government Establishments (NFHFGE), Kwara State Chapter as the association organised a get-together ceremony to mark the end of the year 2022.
The event held at the Forum’s House, GRA, Ilorin on Tuesday was used to celebrate togetherness as Federal Government Agencies in Kwara State and honour veterans who just retired from active service and those on transfer to other States of the Federation.
Addressing the gathering, the Executive Governor of Kwara State, Mall. Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq thanked the forum for their contributions of the to the development of Kwara State.
The governor, who was represented by the Deputy Chief of Staff, Princess Bukola Babalola noted that there are over 40 Establishment of the Federal Government in Kwara State who are doing a great job.
“I can see that you are making progress, I want to greatly thank you because you are making contribution to the development of our State.
“You are representing different ministries and we see that you are executing you programmes based on the design of the Federal government in collaboration with the State Government. For that relationship will appreciate you and we hope that the relationship will continue”, she said.
Babalola, however, congratulated the retirees and the transferees for put in their best during their meritorious service to the nation.
In her address, the Chairperson of the forum, Mrs. Fausat Folashade Kadir appreciated God for making it possible to gather together once again for the epoch making occasion.
Kadir said that, “todays’ occasion is a special one because it is a three-pronged programme. Firstly, we are bidding our retiring officers who are veterans in the civil service farewell and sending them forth into blissful retirements. Secondly, our colleagues who have been transferred to other stations are being appreciated for the excellent services rendered when they were with us. Lastly, this gathering is also for all of us to relax, rejoice and make merry after a year of hard work, and to deliberate on the successes achieved in the outgoing year”.
While speaking on the activities of the forum in the last nine months assumed the mantle of leadership of the forum, Kadir said that courtesy visits were made to some organisations and establishments which afforded them the opportunity of interacting with each other.
“Within this short time of our coming onboard, our “baby” institution, Federal Staff School has witnessed various interventions in terms of service and maintenance. The recently released WAEC/NECO examination results are quite impressive with our dear school recording 99% success compared with the previous records”, she said.
She, however, appealed to all well-meaning individuals and corporate bodies to come to the aid of the school in order to sustain the great job. “These supports may come in terms of endowments, investment in, and donations of books and other educational materials”,.
Speaking further on the forum’s partnership with the state government, Kadir said that is really impressive and commendable, even as she appreciated Governor Abdulrahaman Abdulrazaq of Kwara State for identifying with the forum.
While congratulating retired senior citizens for successfully exiting the rigors of civil service, she rejoiced with them and prayer that their latter days be more glorious. To the transferees, continue the good work, also commit you into the hands of God in your new station of service.
“As you take a bow out of service, reflect deeply on your past, fill the gap of families who have missed your full attention for years, spend wisely, eat nourishing food, rest and exercise your body often and above all, be prayerful”, she added.
Good will messages were also delivered at the event by the Director of Nigerian Stored Products Research Institute (NSPRI), Dr. Sam O. Okunade, Director of National Orientation Agency (NOA), Mr. Segun Adeyemi, National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) Kwara Command, Saadu Mustapha Ajara and representative of WAEC and NEC.