Al-Tahir Satti

In April 2013, when the favoritism was coated by the “retention” I wrote several articles criticizing this retention as it breaks the ambitions of the qualified youth when they find themselves locked down in the civil service through the retention as this will not allow them to benefit from the training considering that they will be under such selfish contracts.

And Because empowerment and nepotism, under the cover of retention, are among the most dangerous, and ugliest practices of the ousted regime, the newspaper’s news department was surprised by a letter signed by the Minister of Presidential Affairs in the Council of Ministers Khaled Omar, in which he directs the Federal Government to retain Ahmed Al-Samani in service, after he has reached the age of The pension, according to the recommendation of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Maryam Al-Sadiq.

Ahmed Al-Samani, who is recommended to be retained by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, then directs the minister to retain him at the Presidency of the Council of Ministers is not an atomic scientist, nor a technology expert, but rather an administrator in the locality of Khartoum.

The Khartoum Professionals Association denounced this retention and described the intervention of the Minister of Foreign Affairs in the local affairs of Khartoum as unacceptable and overstepping the authority. Honestly, speaking what is the relationship of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs with the localities?

Before clarifying the risks of retention, the decision to raise the retirement age to 65 years is still valid, and accordingly, the decision should have been subjected to professional standards.

There are scientific and economic standards by which the (retirement age) is determined, and this did not happen when the decision was made.

The recent population census indicated that the percentage of young people is the highest, and this is a blessing. Youth energies are treasures that countries with a weak population growth rate miss. But in our country, despite the continuous growth of the youth percentage, the retirement age has been raised to 65 years.

As well as the country’s economy (in crisis), high inflation rates with stunting growth rates, and this mean that the space for youth employment is (narrow). As for food culture and its health effects, there is nothing wrong with it. All criteria stand against raising the retirement age.

However, selective retention – protected by law and regulations – still applies, as the ministers’ recommendations indicate.

There is indeed public interest that should retain those with rare specialties in their positions, such as doctors, university professors, and research scientists, people need the expertise of this class with specialties, but it is not fair for some to take advantage of retention in locations other than universities, hospitals, and research centers.

The retention of rare competence – for a specific period – after the retirement age is an exceptional case, but the crooked origin is what happens in the corridors of many government units so that one of the mandarins is kept, and he is always politically loyal and not of rare competence, and accordingly, they keep him year after year until he passes the age of Alzheimer’s.

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