Buhari Sends Oyo-Ita On Indefinite Leave, Picks Yemi-Esan As Acting HOS

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Mrs Winifred Ekanem Oyo-Ita, to proceed on an indefinite leave.

According to a statement issued on Wednesday by the Director of Information, Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Willie Bassey, the leave is to allow the conclusion of the investigation being carried out by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

Consequently, the President has also approved the appointment of Dr. Mrs. Folashade Yemi-Esan as the Acting Head of the Civil Service of the Federation with immediate effect.

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Meanwhile, there’s also been an approval of the extension of the tenure of seven retiring Permanent Secretaries for a period of one year with effect from October, 1.

Read the full statement below.

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Dr. Mrs. Folashade Yemi-Esan as the Acting Head of the Civil Service of the Federation with immediate effect.

Dr. Mrs. Yemi-Esan, who is the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Petroleum Resources takes over from Mrs. Winifred Ekanem Oyo-Ita, who has been directed to proceed on an indefinite leave to allow conclusion of the investigation being carried out by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

The President has also approved the extension of the tenure of seven (7) retiring Permanent Secretaries for a period of one calendar year with effect from 1st October, 2019 to ensure stability in the Federal Civil Service and effective delivery on the nine priority areas of the administration as well as the mandates given to the new Ministers.

The affected Permanent Secretaries are:

i. Mrs. Georgina Ehuriah – Ministry of Interior
ii. Mrs. Ifeoma I. Anagbogu – Federal Ministry of Women Affairs
iii. Mrs. Grace Gekpe – Federal Ministry of Information & Culture
iv. Dr. Umar M. Bello – Federal Ministry of Agriculture & Rural
Development
v. Suleiman Mustapha Lawal – Ministry of Foreign Affairs
vi. Mrs. Comfort C. Ekaro – Federal Ministry of Water Resources
vii. Mr. Olusegun A. Adekunle – General Services Office (Office of the
Secretary to the Government of the Federation)

Similarly, Mr. President has directed the Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation to commence the process for the selection of new Permanent Secretaries to replace all retiring Permanent Secretaries.

The decision of Government to extend the tenure of these Permanent Secretaries is premised on the need to ensure that the new Ministers are properly guided, briefed about their sectors and to ensure that a solid foundation is laid for the delivery on the Presidential Mandate which they jointly signed.

The Permanent Secretaries will also help the Ministers to manage the process for the preparation of the 2020 Budget in line with the commitment of Government to return to the January-December budget circle and help develop various policies and programmes aimed at lifting 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in the next 10 years.

The action of Mr President is in exercise of the powers conferred under Section 171 (2) d of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended).

Ambode Appoints New Head Of Service

Ambode Appoints New Head Of Service
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Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode on Thursday approved the appointment of Mrs Folasade Adesoye as the new Head of Service (HOS) in the state.

A statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Habib Aruna, said Mrs Adesoye’s appointment takes effect from on November 11, a day after the outgoing HOS, Mrs Olabowale Ademola, retires.

Governor Ambode thanked the outgoing Mrs Ademola for her commendable service to the state and wished her well in her future endeavours.

Adesoye, who was appointed into the Lagos State Civil Service on December 28, 1983 as an accountant, has served in several ministries.

She was elevated into the body of Permanent Secretaries in 2010 and was deployed to the Civil Service Pensions Office where she served till August 2015 when she was deployed to the Office of Local Government Establishment, Training and Pensions Office.

In 2016, the new HOS was asked to serve in the same capacity as Permanent Secretary, Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation. Until her appointment, she was the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources.

Gaidam Swears In New Head of Service, Others

Yobe State Governor, Ibrahim Gaidam.

The Yobe State Governor, Ibrahim Gaidam, on Wednesday, swore in a new Head of Service, Saleh Abubakar.

The new appointee, who is the Chief of Staff to the Governor, takes over from Dauda Yahaya, who has attended the mandatory years of service.

While administering the oath on the Head of Service, the Governor said the swearing in of the new appointee would reinvigorate his administration by ensuring transparency, probity and accountability.

“Today’s event will further reinvigorate the administrative machinery in the state, strengthen the promotion of rule of law, equity, and justice, accountability, transparency and probity in the conduct of government business and it will serve as a step forward towards entrenchment of our reform programme in all sectors of our state economy”

Governor Gaidam, however, praised the outgoing Head of Service whom according to him, was equally an experienced technocrat.

He, therefore, urged the new Head of Service to emulate him, while also expressing optimism that Abubakar, who has served diligently since the beginning of his administration, will justify the confidence reposed in him.

“I am glad to say that Saleh Abubakar had impressive record of service before his appointment to the present position as Head of Service and it is this yardstick which informed my approval of his appointment.

“I however have no doubt in my mind that owing to his wealth of experience, exposure and records of performance in the past, he will be able to discharge his duties to the satisfaction of all,” the governor said.

The swearing in ceremony also witnessed the oath taken of the Solicitor General and Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Justice, Saboli Mohammed. Also, Baba Gishiwari took an oath as a member of the State Judicial Service Commission, while Ali Garga was sworn in as member of the Fiscal Responsibility Board.

Yobe Governor Appoints New Head Of Service

The Yobe State Governor, Ibrahim Gaidam, has appointed his Chief of Staff, Saleh Abubakar, as the new Head of Service of the state.

A statement from the Secretary to the State Government, Baba Malam-Wali, said the new Head of Service replaces Dauda Yahaya who is due for retirement on April 10, 2017.

The statement read: “In 1999, he (Mr Abubakar) was appointed Deputy Permanent Secretary Administration, a position he held till 2004 when he was posted to the Ministry of Land and Survey as Deputy Permanent Secretary.

“The new Head of Service returned to the Governor’s Office in 2006 as Deputy Permanent Secretary Administration, till 2007 when he was appointed Permanent Secretary/ Chief of Staff to the Governor.

“Saleh Abubakar served as Chief of Staff to the Governor for a decade until his new appointment as Yobe State Head of Service by Governor Ibrahim Gaidam”.

Acting President Tasks Civil Servants On Efficiency

Civil Servants, Acting President, Yemi OsinbajoNigeria’s Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, has appealed to civil servants to be productive and efficient in their work, as a way of ensuring positive change in the country.

Professor Osinbajo made the appeal on Tuesday at the launch of the 2017 – 2019 Strategic Plan for Civil Servants in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.

He emphasised the need for public servants to be productive and never to use their offices for personal gains.

The strategic plan launched by the Head of Service, Mrs Winifred Oyo-Ita, is aimed at finding innovative ways for ministries and their parastatals to generate revenue for the government.

Mrs Oyo-Ita highlighted the four cardinal objectives of her administration to include capacity development and performance management for civil servants.

She also stressed the importance of innovation in the face of government’s dwindling revenue.

Some participants, who perceived the civil service as unproductive and inefficient, expressed hope that the new strategic plan would help to change the narratives.

Kaduna: El-Rufai Appoints Bariatu Mohammed As Head Of Service

Nasir El-Rufai, Kaduna State, Bariatu MohammedKaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, has announced the appointment of Bariatu Mohammed as the new Head of Service in the state.

Mrs Mohammed succeeded Alisabatu Dada-Onazi who retired from service on December 31, 2016.

Governor El-Rufai commended the retired Head of Service for her hard work and foresight in driving ongoing reforms in the Kaduna State Civil Service.

He said the government was indebted to her for her resilience towards the success of the staff verification exercise, which he said laid the foundation for the reforms of the service.

Meanwhile, Mrs Mohammed’s appointment was announced in a statement issued on Friday by the governor’s spokesman, Samuel Aruwan.

The new Head of Service, who hails from Birnin-Gwari Local Government Area, joined the state civil service on August 7, 1984.

She rose to the rank of Permanent Secretary on April 1, 2012.

Until her elevation, Mrs Mohammed was at various times permanent secretary at the Public Service Office, Bureau of Establishments, Management Services and Training, as well as office of the Head of Service.

Gov. Amosun Challenges Exco Members On Task Ahead

Gov Amosun Challenges Exco Members On Task AheadOgun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, has charged members of his cabinet to brace up for greater tasks ahead, saying it required a collective efforts to deliver more dividends of democracy to the people in the New Year.

Governor Amosun gave the charge at the first executive council meeting of the year held at the Exco Chamber, Governor’s office, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta.

The Governor, who prayed for a prosperous year, gave the assurance that his administration was determined to do more to surpass the achievements of the previous year, while appreciating the cabinet members for their support and dedication.

He used the occasion to congratulate the outgoing Head of Service, Mr Olusola Adeyemi for his achievements and meritorious service to the State in the past 35years affirming that the Head of Service had contributed in no small measure to the success story of the present administration.

Responding to the gesture of the Governor and other executive members, the Head of Service, Sola Adeyemi, appreciated the state government for the opportunity given him to serve the people of the state.

Kwara Govt. Warns Civil Servants Against Corruption

Kwara Govt. Warns Civil Servants Against CorruptionThe Kwara state government says it has put in place measures to ensure that corruption does not thrive in the administration especially among civil servants.

The State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed, disclosed this at a seminar organised by the Passion for Peace Initiatives in partnership with the Kwara State Government Independent Corrupt Practices to enlighten civil servants about the dangers inherent in being corrupt.

Governor Ahmed, who was represented by the state’s Head of Service, Zarah Omar, explained that the distribution of projects, appointments and other dividends of democratic governance among the people of the state had been based on equity and merit, while the state civil service had become more efficient in service delivery

The measures put in place to ensure this include the establishment of Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KWIRS) to block all leakages in the revenue collection system and increase the state’s internally generated revenue.

He also highlighted merit-based recruitment and promotion procedures to ensure the integrity of the state civil service.

According to him, the present administration regularly provides the public with information on FAAC allocation receipts and holds town hall meetings to get feedback from the public on government policies and decisions in order to ensure transparency and accountability in governance.

Governor Ahmed enjoined all political office holders and public servants to fight corruption by working for the common good of all.

He also advised the civil servants to shun absenteeism, lateness to work and other unethical conducts, describing such acts as corruption in the civil service.

In his remarks, an entrepreneur, Tunji Oyedepo, emphasized adherence to the rule of law as panacea to curbing corruption in the country.

He also advocated the return of parliamentary system of government in order to reduce the cost of running government under the present presidential system of government.

Earlier, the Executive Director, Passion for Peace Initiatives, Mr Olalekan George, explained that the seminar was organised for civil servants whom he described as engine of the government.

He urged them to be morally upright in the interest of the state.

Governor Ahmed commended Passion for Peace Initiative for organizing the event and urged the organization to sustain the initiative by creating year round programmes to promote peace in the state.

How We Utilized N5b Paris Club Refund – Gov. Ahmed

How We Utilized N5b Paris Club Refund – Gov. AhmedKwara State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed, has explained how the state government expended the five billion Naira collected from the federal government as refunds from the London and Paris Club loans.

According to the Governor, 1.890 billion Naira was released to local governments and state’s tertiary institutions to offset their November salaries.

“The balance,” the Governor continued “would be channeled into critical infrastructural projects and other people-oriented programmes across the state, such as the small and medium scale enterprise scheme”.

The Governor said the explanation became expedient in view of “some unfounded claims the refunds have generated”.

The Governor, who assured the people that the state government was still expecting additional refunds from the federal government in the coming months, said “when it is received, it will go towards recurrent expenditure, ongoing and new capital projects as well as other programmes like boosting the informal sector and community health insurance scheme”.

Governor Ahmed gave the breakdown of the state’s share of the loan refunds at the occasion of a send-off for retired permanent secretaries in the state.

He commended the retired permanent secretaries for their selfless service and dedication towards ensuring the smooth running of the state civil service.

Earlier, the Head of Service, Mrs Zahra Omar, said the event was the maiden edition in honour of 53 permanent secretaries who retired some years back.

She added that the intention was to appreciate them for their selfless contributions to the development and growth of the state.

Okowa Goes Tough On Cultists In Delta State

Ifeanyi Okowa, Delta State, CultistsDelta State Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, has vowed that there will be no hiding place for cultists and anyone involved in the act of terrorism in the state.

The Governor validated his vow as he signed six bills, including the Delta State Anti-Cultism and Anti-Terrorism Bill 2016 into law.

Others bills presented for assent by the Speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly, Honourable Monday Igbuya, and Clerk of the Legislature, Mrs Lyna Ochulor include: Delta State Bursary and Scholarship Bill 2016, Delta State Public Procurement Commission Bill 2016, Delta State Signage and Advertisement Agency Bill 2016, Delta State School of Nursing and Midwifery Bill 2016 and the Delta State Traditional Rulers and Chieftaincy (Amendment) Bill 2016.

Governor Okowa, while lauding the legislature for their diligence and cooperation towards having an egalitarian society where there is law and order, emphasised the importance of the bills he signed into law.

He expressed optimism that the laws would improve the peace, security as well as socio-economic life of the people and the environment in the state.

The Governor stressed that the Delta State Anti-Cultism and Anti-Terrorism law is important for the security of life and property in the state.

“Our youths should know that government will not take likely any breach of security, especially people who partake in cultism and terrorism.

“I want to caution our youths to shun all forms of cultism and terrorism this yuletide period because if they are caught, the law will take its cause, no matter the position of the person.”

Dr. Okowa revealed further that the Delta State Signage and Advertisement Agency law 2016 would also bring about smarter cities with proper signage regulations.

He observed that the Schools of Nursing located in different areas of the state do not have laws backing up their setup until recently, adding that the Delta State Public Procurement Commission 2015 would help improve government procurement process.

Honourable Igbuya explained that the presentation of the bills were in line with the constitutional duties of making laws that would impart positively on the people of Delta State.

He said the bills passed through rigorous process before they were passed by the legislature.

The event was also attended by the Deputy Speaker of the Assembly, Honourable Friday Osanebi and other principal members of the state legislature.

The Secretary to the Delta State Government, Honourable Festus Ovie-Agas, the Head of Service, Mr Reginald Bayoko and the Attorney-General, Mr Peter Mrakpor, among others also witnessed the event

Ogun Govt. Dismisses NLC Chairman, 15 Others

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Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State

Ogun State government has approved the dismissal of the State Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Mr Akeem Ambali, his vice and the State Chairman of the Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT), Mr Dare Ilekoya, and 14 others.

The dismissal was contained in a report of a panel of inquiry set up to investigate the alleged misconduct of executive members of the NUT on the 2016 World Teachers Day celebration in Abeokuta.

Similarly, 16 officials of the union were also suspended for their roles in the conduct of the celebration.

The recommendations of the panel signed by the Head of Service, Mr Sola Adeyemi, was approved by the state government for immediate implementation.

A source also said the government had set up an administrative panel of inquiry to look into complaints received from concerned members of the public against the affected officers for their alleged involvement in various acts of misconduct and contravention of extant regulations during the celebration.

The NLC chairman, who was until his dismissal a Deputy Director, Community and Social Development in Sagamu Local Government, was alleged to have been the brain behind the political campaign rally during the celebration.

He was said to have made inflammable and scandalous remarks against the state government, which could have triggered a breach of peace in the state.

The workers were dismissed from service having been found guilty of contravening the Public Service Rules 04401, 04421 (c&d) and 04406 (a).

Those dismissed were A.O Oshin, Nola Balogun, Eniola Atiku, Solaru.O, Adebanjo.T, Akinola.A.S, Oyolola .S.A, Obafemi. O.B, Ogunsola Peter, Akinlade.S.A, Christopher.T.A,Ogunrombi A.A, Azeez.K.I and Taiwo A.O.

Those suspended include Odusanya S.A, Comrade Akapo, Adegbesan J.O, Adelami S.I, Obadara O, Ogunnuga O.A, Ayokambi T.A, Tijani A.A, Adegbesan J.O, Idowu A.O, Olaifa O.A, Bayo Lasore, Ahmodu S.A, Oludotun Oliyide, Tijani Y.A, Awode I.A, Dada O.A and Adesanya Abiola.

The state government subsequently directed appropriate agencies of the state including the Ogun State Local Government Service Commission, State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) and the Teaching Service Commission (TESCOM) to implement the recommendations with immediate effect.

Change Is Not One Man’s Business – Governor Bello

Niger, Head of Service, Governor Bello, ChangeNiger State Governor, Abubakar Bello, has called for more commitment and support for the ‘Change Begins With Me’ campaign of President Muhammadu Buhari, insisting that the attitudinal re-awakening initiative is not a one-man business.

Governor Sani Bello gave the charge in Minna, the state capital during one of the activities to mark the country’s 56th Independence celebration.

The Governor, who said that more lip service is paid to the campaign, maintained that for the country to achieve the desired change, all citizens must deliberately and consciously work towards it.

“We all have been shouting the change slogan but I am disappointed because the change is not yet with us.

Whether you are a doctor, policeman, civil servant, politician or a judge, the change is about everyone.

“The day the Nigerian Police and the judiciary will uphold the law is the day things will change for the better.

“We must move away from the way we have been doing businesses; we must pity those that don’t have and those who cannot help themselves. Everyone has a role to play”.

The  Governor  expressed  displeasure with the way some doctors and nurses relate with patients in public hospitals in the state. He stressed that with such attitude, there cannot be service delivery.

“At the general hospitals, if you see the way some patients are treated by nurses and doctors, it is inhuman, to the extent that the sickness of the patients often times degenerate.

“Nigerians must shun corruption; we must be dedicated in the discharge of our duties with strict adherence to the ethics of our professions and callings,” he said.

He advised both political appointees and civil servants to turn a new leaf for a better Niger state and Nigeria, adding that change is not just with the administrators.

“Everyone has a role to play, from the Governor to the last political appointee, we must move away from the old ways.

“We must also desist from employing family members who do nothing at the  expense of the state.”

Gov. Sani Bello attributed the economic challenges facing the country to greed, stressing that Nigerians are their own problems.

He reaffirmed the resolve of the present administration to ensure the development of a new Nigeria and called on the people to support government policies and programmes.

He stressed that the present status of the state as a civil servant’s state is nothing to be proud of.

“We must make Niger state commercially viable. To come out of the present economic  predicament,  we  must  all  come  together  to  find  workable  solution through  creating  alternative  sources of  income for  the  state,” he concluded.