Jonathan swears in three new Permanent Secretaries as Head of Service retires

The former Head of Service had completed his tenure and had to step aside.

A new Head of Service of the Federation will be announced tomorrow, following the retirement of Isa Bello.

President Goodluck Jonathan disclosed this at Mr. Bello’s valedictory session which held just before the Federal Executive Council, FEC, meeting on Wednesday.

The retired Head of Service of the federation had served for a little over 18 months.

The president expressed gratitude to Mr. Bello for his “meritorious service to the nation”, during his tenure as head of service.

He said if not for the rules guiding appointments in the country, Mr. Bello would have stayed longer.

“You are still very young and agile, but based on the laws of the land, you are leaving,” he said. “You have done well congratulations. Your replacement will be announced tomorrow.”

On behalf of members of the council, the Information Minister, Labaran Maku, and his Housing and Urban Development counterpart, Ama Pepple, showered encomiums on the out-going Head of Service.

Mr. Maku described him as a distinguished civil servant.

“One thing that we noticed in him since he joined us in council as head of service, is that he is a very sober and reflective head of service and very calm even when things are stormy he retains his calm and we really appreciate the cooperation he extended to us,” the minister said.

On her part, Ms. Pepple, who was also full of praises for Mr. Bello said, “I am sad to see Mr. Isa go. I worked with him a bit. I interacted with him a lot even while he was head of service. He is always calm in his quiet demeanor, but he is a very effective and efficient officer. I was not surprised that he was appointed head of service”.

Three new permanent secretaries, Habiba Lawal, John Chukwu and Winifred Ekanem Oyo-ita were also sworn in by the President shortly before the commencement of FEC.

The president said judging from their pedigrees, the new permanent secretaries are distinguished people with outstanding qualifications. He urged them to ensure that they facilitate the administration’s transformation agenda, particularly in the civil service.

The president also admonished them to adopt global best practices in the discharge of their duties and urged them to work as a team to deliver on their goals.

“For you to change the world civil service is the best, it must perform otherwise things may not move the way it is supposed to move and it takes few people to change the society. We want you to be made a part of that team, a part of the agents of transformation that will transform this country, transform the civil service and transform the country. We believe in you, Nigerians hope and believe that you will not disappoint us. Once again congratulations,” the president said.

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