Three weeks after he swore them into office, Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, yesterday assigned portfolios to two new Ministers.
They are Stephen Ocheni (Kogi) and Suleiman Hassan (Gombe). The announcement was made by Osinbajo’s Spokesman, Laolu Akande, via his Twitter handle.
Ocheni was named Minister of State for Labour and Employment; while Hassan was named Minister of State, Power, Works and Housing.
Akande noted that, “There are now two Ministers of State in Power, Works and Housing ministries”.
Shortly before the Federal Executive Council (FEC) commenced at the Presidential Villa, the Acting President also sworn into office 15 Federal Permanent Secretaries out of the 21 recently appointed.
Six of the new Permanent Secretaries were not inaugurated and will have to wait for Permanent Secretaries occupying their states’ slots in the Federal Civil Service to retire first.
Speaking during the event, Osinbajo said the anti-corruption war and the radical economic recovery and growth plan could not succeed without the support of civil servants which the newly appointees lead.
Osinbajo, who commended them for emerging through a rigorous selection process said, “We are implementing a major reform of public finance system, emphasising integrity and fiscal prudence.
“These reforms are being effected in the context of our determined anti-corruption programme and this effort cannot succeed without a competent and committed civil service corps led by your good selves”.
He reminded the new Permanent Secretaries that he had recently signed some Executive Orders to fast track the implementation of government policies and programmes.
Osinbajo highlighted the Executive Orders he signed to ease doing business in the country, noting: “These Executive Orders and several other directives of the Federal Government are meant to ensure that the reform programmes of the Federal Government succeed. Your role in it cannot be over emphasised. Your role is not just to provide direction and leadership but also in the training of the core of the Civil Service and that is under your care and charge.
“We expect that Permanent Secretaries will be the drivers of the implementation of the Executive Orders and this is why training programme has been undertaken in order to do so and it is a continuous programme of training.”