President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday administered the oath of office to six new permanent secretaries in the Federal Civil Service.
POLITICS NIGERIA reports that the swearing-in ceremony took place at the Council Chambers of the State House in Abuja from 10:05 to 10:30 am, just before the commencement of this week’s Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting.
The new appointees and their respective 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).
During the ceremony, Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, read the citation of the new officers.
“Mr President, six persons have fulfilled the conditions as permanent secretaries after a selection exercise recently conducted for directors,” he said.
He also stated that 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.
It is noteworthy that the President approved the appointments of these six permanent secretaries in the Federal Civil Service barely a month ago, on March 29, 2023.
The Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Dr Folashade Yemi-Esan, announced the approval, stating that it followed a recently conducted selection process.
After the swearing-in ceremony, the Federal Executive Council began in earnest.
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.) were present, alongside several ministers, including Rauf Aregbesola (Interior), Olorunimbe Mamora (Science and Technology), Zainab Ahmed (Finance), Mu’azu Sambo (Transportation), Mohammed Abubakar (Agriculture), Dr Osagie Ehanire (Health), Lai Mohammed (Information), Olamilekan Adegbite (Mines and Steel Development), Prof. Isa Pantami (Communication and Digital Economy), and Sunday Dare (Sports), among others.