Buhari kicks out head of service, Oyo-Ita, appoints Esan as acting

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

Until her new appointment, Yemi-Esan was the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Petroleum Resources.

She takes over from 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.

Permanent Secretaries affected by this directive are Georgina Ehuriah (Ministry of Interior), Ifeoma Anagbogu (Federal Ministry of Women Affairs), Grace Gekpe (Federal Ministry of Information & Culture), Umar Bello (Federal Ministry of Agriculture & Rural Development), Suleiman Lawal (Ministry of Foreign Affairs), Comfort Ekaro (Federal Ministry of Water Resources) and Olusegun Adekunle of the General Services Office in the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation.

Winifred Ekanem Oyo-Ita
Winifred Ekanem Oyo-Ita

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 100million Nigerians out of poverty in the next 10 years.

President Buhari also 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.

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