President Bola Tinubu has announced the appointment of eight new Federal Permanent Secretaries, a move aimed at addressing existing and impending vacancies in various states and geopolitical zones within the top administrative cadre of the federal civil service. The announcement was made public in a statement released on Friday by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Ajuri Ngelale.

According to Ngelale, the appointments were the result of a meticulous selection process carried out by the Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation. This process was designed to identify individuals who exemplify the highest standards of dedication and competence, ensuring that they are well-suited to take on these significant roles within the federal administration.

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“The President anticipates that the new Federal Permanent Secretaries will exercise absolute dedication, diligence, and fidelity to the nation in the discharge of their functions and ensure optimum service delivery to the Nigerian people,” the statement read. This underscores the administration’s expectation that the appointees will bring a renewed vigor and commitment to their respective roles, contributing positively to the efficiency and effectiveness of the civil service.

The newly appointed permanent secretaries are:

  1. Dr. Emanso Umobong Okop (Akwa-Ibom): Dr. Okop’s appointment brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the table. His background and prior contributions to public service in Akwa-Ibom state are expected to bolster administrative functions and service delivery within his jurisdiction.

2. Obi Emeka Vitalis (Anambra): Mr. Vitalis is known for his pragmatic approach and strategic thinking. His leadership is anticipated to enhance administrative operations in Anambra, fostering development and efficiency.

3. Mahmood Fatima Sugra Tabi’a (Bauchi): With a proven track record of commitment and excellence, Mrs. Tabi’a’s appointment is poised to inject a new level of energy and dedication into the federal administration’s operations in Bauchi.

4. Danjuma Mohammed Sanusi (Jigawa): Mr. Sanusi’s extensive experience in public administration is expected to be instrumental in driving forward the federal civil service’s objectives in Jigawa, ensuring streamlined operations and improved service delivery.

5. Olusanya Olubunmi (Ondo): Mr. Olubunmi’s appointment is set to bring innovative administrative strategies to Ondo. His forward-thinking approach is anticipated to significantly enhance the efficacy of public service in the state.

6. Dr. Keshinro Maryam Ismaila (Zamfara): Dr. Ismaila’s vast experience in civil service management is expected to play a crucial role in the transformation of administrative practices in Zamfara, ensuring that public services are delivered more efficiently.

7. Akujobi Chinyere Ijeoma (South-East): Ms. Ijeoma’s dedication and commitment to public service are expected to positively impact the administrative framework in the South-East geopolitical zone, promoting better governance and service delivery.

8. Isokpunwu Christopher Osaruwanmwen (South-South): Mr. Osaruwanmwen’s appointment brings a robust administrative acumen to the South-South region. His role will be critical in ensuring that the federal civil service meets its objectives in this diverse and economically significant zone.

The statement by Ngelale highlights President Tinubu’s strategic vision for the federal civil service, emphasizing a focus on leadership that prioritizes efficiency, accountability, and service excellence. By selecting individuals with a proven track record of performance and integrity, the administration aims to strengthen the foundation of the civil service, ensuring that it is well-equipped to meet the needs and expectations of the Nigerian people.

This wave of appointments is a significant step in the administration’s ongoing efforts to revitalize the federal civil service. By addressing the vacancies with capable and dedicated professionals, President Tinubu is reinforcing his commitment to improving governance and public service delivery across Nigeria.

As these new permanent secretaries assume their roles, there is an optimistic outlook on the potential improvements they will bring to their respective areas. Their success will not only be a reflection of their personal dedication but also of the administration’s ability to identify and empower leaders who can drive meaningful change.

The full statement from the President’s office reads:

PRESIDENT TINUBU APPOINTS EIGHT NEW PERMANENT SECRETARIES

President Bola Tinubu has approved the appointment of eight new Federal Permanent Secretaries to fill in existing and impending vacancies in some states and geopolitical zones in the top administrative cadre of the Civil Service of the Federation.

The new Federal Permanent Secretaries appointed after a diligent selection process by the Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation are:

1. Dr. Emanso Umobong Okop – Akwa-Ibom

2. Obi Emeka Vitalis – Anambra

3. Mahmood Fatima Sugra Tabi’a – Bauchi

4. Danjuma Mohammed Sanusi – Jigawa

5. Olusanya Olubunmi – Ondo

6. Dr. Keshinro Maryam Ismaila – Zamfara

7. Akujobi Chinyere Ijeoma (South-East)

8. Isokpunwu Christopher Osaruwanmwen (South-South)

The President anticipates that the new Federal Permanent Secretaries will exercise absolute dedication, diligence, and fidelity to the nation in the discharge of their functions and ensure optimum service delivery to the Nigerian people.

Chief Ajuri Ngelale

Special Adviser to the President (Media & Publicity)

With these appointments, President Tinubu aims to fortify the federal civil service with capable and committed leadership, setting a course for enhanced performance and accountability in public service delivery across Nigeria.