The Ondo State Government has urged civil servants in the state to be proactive and think of being engaged after service so that they could enjoy their retirement.

Mr Toyin Akinkuotu, the state Head of Service, ( HoS) stated this at a retirement ceremony of Dr Taye Oni, the Permanent Secretary of the state Ministry of Health, having clocked 60 years in service on Monday in Akure.

Akinkuotu noted that when there was solid plan, retirement would not be boring but enjoyable.

“As a civil servants, we should be thinking of another service to be engaged with after this service.”

“We must keep going and be active always so that we can find life enjoyable, ” he said.

According to the HoS, the retired PS is honest, a man of excellence,an excellence epitomised, who has served meritoriously and retired, having reached 60 years old.

Similarly, Dr Dayo Adeyanju, the immediate past Commissioner of Health in the state, said that the celebrant was tolerant to a fault.

Adeyanju added that tolerance and perseverance had got the celebrant to the peak, advising civil servants to shun poor preparedness that could lead to loneliness, sickness and untimely death.

Also, Dr Wahab Adegbenro, the state Commissioner for Health, said that the celebrant was a man of peace, who had served without blemish.

Similarly, Bishop Felix Adejumo of Agape Ministries International, Akure, described the celebrant as a mentor,  a good leader that was worthy of emulation.

Adejumo, who quoted Job Chapter 7 verse 8 of Bible, tasked civil servants to always be accountable to their superiors and God, thereby imploring all their abilities to move the service forward.

In his words, Dr Felix Olawoye, the Principal of Ondo State School of Health Technology, described the celebrant as a destiny helper, a facilitator of good things that believed solving challenges with peaceful approach.

Dr Francis Akanbiemu, the Executive Secretary of Ondo State Primary Healthcare Development Board, said that he was glad to have worked with the retired PS, pointing to him as a father, a stabiliser and a motivator.

Dr Dolani Gbelela, the state Chairman of Nigeria Medical Association ( NMA ) said that the ministry would miss Dr Oni because ” he is a man that calms tension down to give way for peace’.

Appreciating all guests, Dr Oni described civil service to be full of ups and downs, thanking God that he could scale through all challenges.

He advised civil servants to get prepared for their retirement, saying it would surely come.

Dr Taye Oni was born on June 4,1958, had his Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery at University of Ilorin in 1983  and joined the service of the Ondo State in 1987.