Shoshong — Public officers have been advised to take advantage of opportunities availed by government and prepare for life after retirement.
The advise was given by Shoshong MP Mr Phillip Makgalemele who said it was unfortunate that some people who worked for the nation diligently became paupers on retirement "just because they never took advantage of alternative income generating opportunities to sustain themselves in the long term."
A monthly salary, he said, was only temporary therefore it was advisable to invest in something more sustainable.
Mr Makgalemele, who was officiating at a business and economic empowerment workshop for public officers in Shoshong recently, said he saw it fit to empower them because like any other member of the public, they were not privy to all important information.
He noted that government allowed public officers to engage in business while still working and therefore it was important for them to understand the procedure to avoid conflicting with the employer.
"We have invited among others Directorate of Public Service Management (DPSM), Botswana Public Officers Pension Fund (BPOPF), Botswana Savings Bank (BSB) and other stakeholders that were deemed necessary to empower public employees, he said.
Mr Makgalemele said the workshop was aimed at broadening the minds of public officers and establishing contacts with the various departments to assist them in developing their business plans.
"My intention is to organise the workshop annually, even twice a year if possible and even extend it to other locations outside my constituency," he said.
Meanwhile local entrepreneur and farmer, Mr Moatshe Senai who was a guest speaker at the workshop, said the event was poised to enlighten public officers on available opportunities aimed at improving their economic well-being.
"The gathering will expose you to economic empowerment opportunities and inspire your personal development," he said.
While engaging in personal economic empowerment activities, Mr Senai reminded public officers to continue discharging their duties as mandated, in an ethical and accountable manner.
The workshop was open to both serving and retired public officers.
<i>Source : BOPA</i>