Tuesday 17th October, 2017
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Osinbajo sets agenda for new Ministers, 15 Perm Secs

Osinbajo sets agenda for new Ministers, 15 Perm Secs

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.”