The Presidency Thursday in Abuja commenced a vocational and entrepreneurial programme to prepare its staff adequately for retirement.
Declaring open a two-day workshop for prospective retirees from the State House, the Permanent Secretary, Mr Jalal Arabi, said that the programme was also designed to prepare them mentally and psychologically for retirement.
“What the State House has set out to do is to commence a process of early pre-retirement training for potential retirees.
“This is in the firm belief that adequate planning for retirement will make life after retirement more attractive,” Mr Arabi said.
The Permanent Secretary said that the overall aim of the Presidency was to ensure that all staff undergo pre-retirement training at least 3-4 years before their retirement.
“This approach is based on the realization that it usually takes about three years to incubate and mature most business ideas,’’ he said.
Eighty-one prospective retirees are being trained on livestock, fisheries management and personal finance planning at the workshop which opened today.