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NCPC boss urges Commission staff to shun retrogressive tendencies

by Christiana Gokyo, Jos

Rev Dr Yakubu Pam

The Executive Secretary of Nigerian Christian Pilgrims Commission, Rev Dr Yakubu Pam, has urged the staff of the Commission to shun the spirit of “pull down syndrome” and focus on things that would promote the interest of the Commission.

He made this disclosure during the send forth ceremony of the Commission’s Head of the Internal Unit, Mr Essiet Bassey who had just retired from the Civil Service after attaining the mandatory 35 years in Service, recently.

“Let’s look at the way we operate and let’s do things that will promote the interest of the Commission,” he said, and emphasized the need for staff to learn to live like a family.

Rev. Pam further urged the staff to be appreciative at all times and ensure they cooperate with the Management to move NCPC forward.

While explaining that, life after service should not be a time for the retiree to rest on his oars, he said, “Rather, it should be a time to engage one’s talent and mental capacity.” 

He admonished the exiting Head of Internal Audit not to go home and sleep, rather, he should be alert in his thinking by engaging in worthwhile ventures.

Rev Pam opined that it may not matter how many times Mr Bassey would try in laying hands on something after service, but he should be determined to succeed and should never give up, no matter the circumstances.

He described the retiring Head of Internal Audit as a “very objective and disciplined officer,” who was loyal to the constituted authority.

Earlier, the Director of Administration, Mr Barnabas Ali, said he enjoyed working with Mr Bassey, while serving as Head of the Internal Audit Unit of the Commission, and affirmed that retirement from service is something every staff must experience as a public servant.

Mr Ali thanked the staff for their solidarity and show of love, which was overtly demonstrated by the turnout of staff at the send-forth ceremony.

Responding, the celebrant thanked God for helping him to rise to the Directorate Cadre, especially when most of his contemporaries were not able to get to this level in service.

He recalled with nostalgia what he went through, while carrying out his audit assignments; how he was given all sorts of names, but he was not bothered but had to do what was right always.

While thanking the Executive Secretary for providing the enabling, conducive environment for him to function optimally and effectively, all the Directors of the Commission were physically present at the send-forth ceremony and they all gave their Goodwill messages in honour of the celebrant.  Highlight of the occasion was the cutting of cake and a special prayer for the celebrant by the Executive Secretary.

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