Katsina Governor Appoints Six Permanent Secretaries

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The Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari, has approved the reappointment of six permanent secretaries in the state civil service.

Governor Masari stated that their reappointment was based on merit and outstanding performance during the past tenure.

This was disclosed in a statement by the secretary to the state government, Mustapha Inuwa.

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Those reappointed include Muntari Lawal, Sulaiman Yakubu Safana, Hafiz Iliyasu, Sani Isiyaku, Dr Kabir Mustapha and Muntari Danladi.

The reappointment of some Senior Special Assistants ( SSAs ) and Special Assistants ( SAs ) as aides to the governor and his deputy, Mannir Yakubu were also approved.

The senior special assistants are : Mustapha Saulawa, Abdu Labaran, Ibrahim Umar Teacher, Asma’u Aliyu, Usman Mohammed, Yahaya Aliyu, Haruna Musa and Abdulhadi Bawa.

While the Special Assistants are: Saifullahi Mohammed, Tanimu Sada, Halliru Rabe, Mrs Felicia Agbaire and Janet Kudayisi.

Others are Sabo Musa, Abdullahi Darma, Abdul Rashid Ibrahim, Rabi Garba Mashi, Murtala Nasir, Ibrahim Musa Kalla, Aminu Ibrahim and Abdul Karim Mustapha.

Ambode Swears In Five New Permanent Secretaries

Ambode Swears In Five New Permanent Secretaries
Governor Akinwunmi Ambode with the Lagos State Head of Service, Mrs Folasade Adesoye (3rd left) and the newly sworn-in permanent secretaries at the Lagos House, Alausa, Ikeja, on October 29, 2018.


Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, on Monday swore-in five new permanent secretaries into the state civil service.

Addressing the appointees on Monday in Alausa, he charged them to place a high premium on efficient service delivery and work to make the machinery of governance to roll faster in the overall interest of the people.

Governor Ambode asked the permanent secretaries to bring their wealth of experience and knowledge to bear in their respective Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs),

He also told them to go all-out to meet the high expectations of not only the government but the teeming population of the state.

“With this appointment, you have all effectively become the accounting officer of your MDAs,” the governor said. “You have been entrusted with a bigger and more sensitive responsibility which will put to test your leadership and managerial skills.

He added, “Let me remind you of the very high expectations that will be placed on you, not only from the government but more importantly, from the over 22 million Lagosians who desire efficient and service delivery. Your ability to meet these expectations will depend on the amount of creativity and innovation you can bring to bear in the discharge of your responsibilities.”

Ambode congratulated the new permanent secretaries, saying it was on record that the elevation was strictly based on merit as evidenced by their performance, commitment and dedication to duty over the years.

The appointees are Dr Olabisi Taiwo (Ministry of Health), Mr Olusegun Ajibade (Public Service Office), and Mrs Abiayo Akinsiku (Primary Healthcare Board).

Others are Dr Yusuf Jimoh (Ministry of Special Duties and Intergovernmental Relations), and Mr Ganiyu Rufai (Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Cooperatives).

Responding on behalf of the new Permanent Secretaries, Dr Taiwo thanked the governor for the opportunity to serve the state at the highest level in the civil service.

She assured him that the appointees would not betray the confidence reposed in them but would uphold the principles of public service.

You Must Lead By Example, Ambode Warns Permanent Secretaries

You Must Lead By Example, Ambode Warns Permanent Secretaries
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Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, has warned permanent secretaries in the state to lead by example in the discharge of their duties.

He gave the warning on Wednesday during a brief swearing-in ceremony of two new permanent secretaries at Lagos House in Alausa, Ikeja.

According to a statement from his Chief Press Secretary Habib Aruna, the State Government had recently launched a special advocacy campaign to engender growth mindset among civil servants and imbue them with the right skills and attitude.

This is aimed at enhancing the efforts to fast-track development and set Lagos on the path of sustainable and inclusive growth.

Addressing the new appointees – Mrs Ayinde Olubusola and Mr Olusanya Abayomi, Governor Ambode asked them to key into the template already created for the civil service.

He said: “Every appointment comes with higher responsibilities and expectations. For the Lagos State Public Service, a template has been developed and it is being implemented systematically. Essentially, the template is about a change of mindset and the infusion of innovation and creativity in government business.”

“As members of the top echelon of the public service, you are expected to be champions of this paradigm shift not only by words but by your actions. You must lead by example and create the environment for your subordinates to emulate high standards of performance,” he added.

The governor explained that this was the only way the government could build a public service for the future and one that has what it takes to facilitate the level of development required of a Smart City.

Noting that appointees can succeed in their new assignments, he said although the exercise had become a regular ceremony to fill vacancies, concerted efforts must be made to resist the temptation to see it as a routine but a solemn commitment to live up to expected standards.

While Ayinde has been posted to the Office of Establishment and Training as Permanent Secretary, Olusanya is to assume office as Permanent Secretary/Tutor General, Education District II.

Responding on behalf of the appointees, Ayinde thanked the governor for the opportunity to serve at the highest level in the civil service.

She also assured him that they would serve with unalloyed commitment, dedication and support the good governance currently being witnessed in the state.

Ambode Appoints Five New Permanent Secretaries

Ambode Appoints New Head Of Service
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Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode has approved the appointment of five new Permanent Secretaries in the State Public Service.

The Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr Habib Aruna in a statement on Friday said the appointments, according to the governor were in line with his administration’s drive to continue to reposition the civil service for efficient performance and service delivery.

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The names of the newly appointed Permanent Secretaries are Mrs. Clara Olutoyin Ibirogba; Mr. Timothy Olukayode Ogunnubi; Dr. (Mrs) Iyabo Suwebat Are; Dr. Taiwo Olufemi Salaam and Mrs. Kofoworola Omotayo Awobamise.

The appointments take immediate effect.

Osinbajo Appoints 21 New Permanent Secretaries

Osinbajo Appoints 21 Permanent Secretaries
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The Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, has approved the appointment of 21 new Permanent Secretaries in the Federal Civil Service.

The Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Mrs Winifred Oyo-Ita, disclosed this in a statement signed on Thursday in Abuja by the Director of Communications in the office, Mr Haruna Imrana.

Those appointed are Ehuria Ekeoma (Abia), Akpan Sunday (Akwa Ibom), Anagbogu Nkiruka (Anambra), Walson-Jack Esther (Bayelsa), Gekpe Isu (Cross River), Aliboh Lawrence (Delta) and Uwaifo Clement (Edo).

Others include Folayan Olaniyi (Ekiti), Osuji Marcellinus (Imo), Mu’azu Abdulkadir (Kaduna), Sulaiman Lawal (Kano), Abdullahi Mashi (Katsina), Adebiyi Adekunle (Lagos) and Ibrahim Wen (Nasarawa).

Other permanent secretaries are Odewale Olajide (Ogun), Adesola Olusade (Ondo), Adekunle Adeyemi (Oyo), Nabasu Bako (Plateau), Ekaro Chukwumuebobo (Rivers), Umar Bello (Sokoto) and Aduda Tanimu from the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

The statement, made available to Channels Television, further said that their portfolios would be announced in due course.

El-Rufai Swears In New Commissioners, Permanent Secretaries

Nasir El-Rufai, Kaduna,The Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, has sworn-in four new commissioners and eight permanent secretaries.

The new commissioners sworn in included: Barrister Umma Hikima, Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice, Jafaru Ibrahim Sani, Commissioner for Local Government, Professor Kabir Mohammed Mato, Commissioner for Agriculture and Forestry and Hafsat Mohammed Baba, Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development.

The governor also appointed two caretaker chairmen for Giwa and Zangon-Kataf Local Government Areas.

In his address at the inauguration of the appointees, El-Rufai said his government decided to bring new commissioners to energize the administration for better performance.

While commending the former commissioners for their service rendered to the people of Kaduna state, he explained that none of them were dropped or sacked but were deployed to handle other government assignments.

He reminded the appointees that they were joining the cabinet at a time the state and country as a whole is facing economic challenges, hence they must work harder to deliver on their mandate.

“I thank the former commissioners for their service in our state. I want to make it clear that we didn’t drop any commissioner.

“None of our commissioners was dropped. Some former commissioners have been deployed to other functions of government. So, our team is intact and we are all together.

“We carefully selected our team members. We decided to bring new commissioners to energize the administration and to inject new blood.

“You are joining a ‘wahala’ team and I sympathise with you because we work with little earnings.

“The permanent secretaries were chosen based on their competence, integrity and all the directors chosen to be permanent secretaries sat for exams and faced oral interview so, we have the best of permanent secretaries,” he explained.

Some of the appointees thanked the governor for deeming them fit to serve in his administration, hence, promised to contribute their quota towards making Kaduna state great again.

Benue Governor Asks Top Officials To Check Payroll Manipulations

Benue, Samuel OrtomTop Government officials in Benue State have been asked to check all forms of financial irregularities and payroll manipulation as part of measures to track looting of the state’s treasury.

Governor Samuel Ortom gave the task on Monday while swearing in 11 new Permanent Secretaries at the government House.

He pointed out that fraud committed by political office holders could be prevented if the accounting officers did their job professionally.

After the ceremony, one of the accounting officers, Helen Atom, told Channels Television that she would correct all the wrong practices and fraud in the system.

Such practices she alleged had led to looting of over 107 billion Naira by previous administration in the state.

2016 Budget: Business Analyst Advises Buhari To Improve Team Synergy

bayo rotimiBusiness Market Analyst, Bayo Rotimi, has advised President Muhammadu Buhari to always have internal discussions with his team and meet with them regularly.

He noted that the President and his team need to have a vision drive and a purpose to have one direction and ensure everyone has a matching order.

Speaking as a guest on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, the business analyst stated that one of the contributing factors to the issues facing the 2016 budget is the late swearing in of ministers, as “everything (about the budget) had to be done in a rush”.

Mr Rotimi criticized the controversies surrounding the budget as disappointing. He said that the government is supposed to be in continuity whether a new government has come in or not.

“What I would have expected is for the permanent secretaries, ministries, directors to largely put the documents together, and the minister who has not had sufficient time to review what has been given unto him should have alerted for enough time,” he said.

He advised that everyone involved in the budget process should come together in one room and agree on a solution as it pertains to the development of the nation.

Buhari Swears In Permanent Secretaries

BuhariPresident Buhari has again said that his administration will not condone excesses, indifference, incompetence and corrupt practices in any form.

The President was addressing 16 of the 18 new Permanent Secretaries newly appointed in the Federal Civil Service immediately after their swearing in at the council chambers.

He said that the civil service is a reservoir of experience, expertise and loyalty and a dependable ally in his quest to change the country for the better.

The President observed that the success of the civil service would largely depend on the Permanent Secretaries, as they are not only the chief advisers to the ministers, but also responsible for safe-guarding public funds and ensuring the propriety of expenditures under their control.

He said that they are also expected to ensure the full implementation of government programmes and policies aimed at reinvigorating the national economy.

President Buhari noted that they have been chosen at a time the country’s revenue base is low, and called for emergency action.

He said that their selection followed a more rigorous process, a departure from the past when they would have undergone written and oral examination, charging them to defend this position of trust.

The President stated that he considered the civil service as a dependable ally in the era of change and promised to give them all the necessary support to do their work.

Two of the newly appointed were said to be outside the country and would be sworn in later.


Buhari Approves Appointment Of 18 New Permanent Secretaries

Muhammadu-Buhari-Nigeria-President-2President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of 18 new Permanent Secretaries in Nigeria’s Federal Civil Service, replacing earlier sacked ones.

The President also approved the deployment of the Permanent Secretaries, collapsed some Ministries and announced the establishment of new ones.

The new ministries are; Information and Culture, Budget and National Planning, Agriculture and Rural Development.

Although no reason was given for the decision, the spokesman for the President, Mr Femi Adesina, said that the appointments and deployments were with immediate effect.

New Appointments

The newly appointed Permanent Secretaries are Mrs Ayotunde Adesugba, Mr Mahmoud Isa-Dutse, Mr Taiwo Abidogun, Dr. Bukar Hassan, Mrs Wakama Belema Asifieka, Mr Jalal Ahmad Arabi, Mr Sabiu Zakari, Mrs Obiageli Phyllis Nwokedi and Mr Aminu Nabegu.

Others are Mr Bamgbose Olukunle Oladele, Mr Alo Williams Nwankwo, Dr. Shehu Ahmed, Mr Ogbonnaya Innocent Kalu, Mrs Nuratu Jimoh Batagarawa, Mr Christian Chinyeaka Ohaa, Mr Bassey Apkanyung, Mr Louis Edozien and Dr. Ugo Roy.

A statement by Mr Adesina gave a breakdown of the deployment, as approved by President Buhari.

Breakdown of Deployment

1. Dr. Shehu Ahmad     –   Federal Ministry of Agric & Rural Development
2. Arch Sunday Echono    –       Federal Ministry of Communications
3. Alh. Sabiu Zakari   –   Federal Ministry of Transportation
4. Mrs. Ayotunde Adesugba   –   Federal Ministry of Information & Culture
5. Amb. Danjuma Sheni     –   Federal Ministry of Defence
6. Dr. Shade Yemi-Esan     –   Federal Ministry of Education
7. Mrs. Fatima Mede    –     Budget & National Planning
8. Alh. Mahmoud Isa Dutse    –   Federal Ministry of Finance
9. Amb. Bulus Lolo   –   Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs
10. Dr. Amina Shamaki – Federal Ministry of Health
11. Mr. Aliyu Bisalla    –  Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade & Investment
12. Mr. Bassey Akpanyung   –   Federal Ministry of Internal Affairs
13. Mr. Taiwo Abidogun   –   Federal Ministry of Justice
14. Dr. Habiba Lawal  –   Federal Ministry of Science & Tech.
15. Dr. Clement Illoh   –   Federal Ministry of Labour & Productivity
16. Dr. Jamila Shu’ara   –   Federal Ministry of Petroleum Resources
17. Mrs. Binta Bello –   Federal Ministry of Women Affairs
18. Dr. Babatope Ajakaiye – Federal Capital Territory
19. Mrs. Rabi Jimeta   – Federal Ministry of Water Resources
20. Dr. Bukar Hassan   – Federal Ministry of Environment
21. Mrs. Wakama B. Asifieka – Federal Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs
22. Mr. Istifanus Fuktur – Federal Ministry of Solid Minerals
23. Mr. Christian Ohaa – Federal Ministry of Youth & Sports
24. Engr. A.G. Magaji – Federal Ministry of Works & Housing
25. Mr. Louis Edozien – Federal Ministry of Power
26. Mr. Jalal Arabi – State House
27. Mr. Mohammed Bukar – General Services Office, OSGF
28. Mr. Abbas Mohammed – Ecological Fund Office, OSGF
29. Dr. Ugo Roy – Council Secretariat
30. Mr. Aminu Nabegu – Special Services Office, OSGF
31. Amb. Bamgbose Akindele – Political Affairs Office, OSGF
32. Mr. Alo Williams Nwankwo – Economic Affairs Office, OSGF
33. Mrs. Obiageli Nwokedi – Special Duties Office, OSGF
34. Mr. Innocent Ogbonnaya -Career Management Office, OHCSF
35. Mr. S.K.Y. Adelakun – Common Services Office, OHCSF
36. Mrs. N. Batagarawa – Service Policy & Strategies Office, OHCSF

President Buhari had earlier ordered the mass retirement of 17 Permanent Secretaries in the Federal Civil Service.

No reason was given for their retirement.

Buhari Sacks 17 Permanent Secretaries

BuhariPresident Muhammadu Buhari seems to be driving his reforms very fast as reports have emerged that he has ordered the mass retirement of 17 Permanent Secretaries in the Federal Civil Service.

Although no reason has been given for the decision, a very close associate of the President told Channels Television on Tuesday afternoon that the retirement takes immediate effect.

This is coming barely 24 hours after the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) was fired and replaced by Assistant Commissioner of Police, Ibrahim Magu.

Over the last months, the Permanent Secretaries had been holding several meetings with the President, an indication that they were giving the President their last briefs.

Analysts see this move as part of the President’s plans to shrink the ministries to cut overhead costs for his government.

Kwara Governor Swears In 14 Permanent Secretaries

Kwara Governor Swears In Permanent SecretariesKwara State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed, has sworn-in 14 newly appointed Permanent Secretaries with a call on them to exhibit required leadership and entrench best practices of due process, accountability and transparency in the service.

Performing the ceremony at the Council Chamber of the Government House, Ilorin, Governor Ahmed said that the appointment of the new permanent secretaries was informed by the fact that they had been active participants in the administration of the state, whose reliability and commitment to the service was apparent.

Governor Ahmed, who expressed concern over the persistent drop in monthly allocation urged the government officials to champion the renewed drive for prudent and judicious utilisation of public resources as well as enhanced revenue generation.

He emphasised the need for prudence and other adjustments to the new economic realities, pointing out that the economic survival and sustenance of Kwara State was a task that must be achieved with the participation of all citizens.

The Governor tasked them to bring to bear sterling qualities in the rigorous pursuit of the shared prosperity programme of the present administration for the benefit of the populace.