By Okon Okon
Abuja, Oct. 4, 2020 Mr Olusegun Adekunle, a retired Permanent Secretary in the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), on Sunday donated a training facility for civil servants .
Adekunle made the donation at party organised by the office of the SGF in his honour in Abuja.
He said the objective of his foundation, the “Olusegun Adeyemi Adekunle”, is to close the gap which he said exists in the civil service while he was in the system.
According to him, the facility will build the gaps in the life of civil servants after receiving training from it, adding that the training is free to all the beneficiaries.
“I attended public schools where we were fed with free lunches that meant a lot. It gave us the opportunity to be educated. I think it is time to give back to the society what I benefited from.
“We will work with office of the Head of Service to fashion out a partnership that will ensure that we reach out regularly to civil servants to build their capacities, “ he said.
While unveiling the foundation, Dr Folasade Yemi-Esan, the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation (HOCSF), appreciated Adekunle for God`s sustainability over his life while in the service to his father land, Nigeria.
Yemi-Esan noted that public and civil servants who drive the ship of the service must be efficient in fostering a change for the better in the civil service.
“It is based on this that the Olusegun Adeyemi Adekunle Foundation was established for the training of civil servants for better service delivery to the nation.
“This Foundation will be a mentorship and training institute in honour of Sir Adekunle.
“Adekunle stood out as an administrator, manager and planner in his career as a civil servant with over three decades of experience, “ she explained.
The foundation, which is a non-profit training institute for civil servants, the HOCSF said had the following objectives to include increasing productivity and quality of civil service workforce.
Others she said would enhance the building of strong public institutions for national development and to encourage effectiveness and efficiency in government offices among others.
In his remark, Mr Boss Mustapha, the SGF commended the retired permanent secretary in his office, describing him as a “Rigorous Public Servant“.
Mustapha explained that the critical nature of work in his office to drive government`s policies in terms of coordination, adekunle met the criteria that enabled him (SGF) to execute his services at ease.
He, therefore, prayed for Adekunle, saying that his best days were still ahead of him even as he retired from the service.
“I must say that Adekunle, in the course of the couple of years he has spent in my office, discharged his duties credibly and with the best of ability and discretion.
“He exhibited maturity and skills, his interpersonal relationship meant a lot to others who were around him, “ he said.