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Buhari swears in six new permanent secretaries


Buhari swears in six new permanent secretaries

President Major General Muhammadu Buhari (ret.) swore in six new permanent secretaries to the Federal Civil Service in the Council Chambers of the State House in Abuja on Wednesday.

The swearing-in took place between 10:05 and 10:30 am, just before the Federal Executive Council meeting for this week was scheduled to start.

The appointees and their states of origin are Mahmud Kambari (Borno State), Esuabana Nko-Asanye (Cross River), Lamuwa Ibrahim (Gombe), (Yakubu Kofar-Mata (Kano), Oloruntola Michael (Ogun) and Richard Pheelangwah (Taraba State).

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, while reading the citation of the new officers, said the event marked the culmination of a weeks-long prequalification exercise for directors by the Office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation.

“Mr. President, six persons have fulfilled the conditions as permanent secretaries after a selection exercise recently conducted for directors.

“This exercise involved competency tests and interactions with a wide range of stakeholders,” he said.

They were sworn in barely a month after Buhari approved their appointments.

The President gave his approval for the appointment of the six permanent secretaries in the Federal Civil Service on March 29, 2023, according to the Head of Civil of the Federation, Dr. Folashade Yemi-Esan.

Afterward, the Federal Executive Council began in earnest with the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, Head of Civil Service, Dr. Folashade Yemi-Esan, the President’s Chief of Staff, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari and National Security Adviser, Maj-Gen. Babagana Monguno (retd.) was in attendance.

Also present are the Ministers of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola; Science and Technology, Olorunimbe Mamora; Finance, Zainab Ahmed; Transportation, Mu’azu Sambo; Agriculture, Mohammed Abubakar; Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire; Information, Lai Mohammed; Mines and Steel Development, Olamilekan Adegbite; Communication and Digital Economy, Prof. Isa Pantami; Sports, Sunday Dare, amongst others.

Meanwhile, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo is away in the United States of America where he delivered a special lecture at the University of Pennsylvania advocating a just energy transition for Africa in the light of Climate Change.

He is expected back in Abuja later on Wednesday.

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