By Joseph Omotayo
President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Dr. Mrs. Folashade Yemi-Esan as the Acting Head of the Civil Service of the Federation with immediate effect.
According to the press release signed Willie Bassey, the director of Information, Mrs. Yemi-Esan, the permanent secretary, Ministry of Petroleum Resources will take over from Winifred Ekanem Oyo-Ita was also directed to go on an indefinite leave so that there could be a clear conclusion of the investigation being carried out by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.
It was also gathered that Buhari also approved the extension of the tenure of seven retiring permanent secretaries for a year. This was done 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.
According to the release, the Permanent Secretaries are: 1. Mrs. Georgina Ehuriah – Ministry of Interior 2. Mrs. Ifeoma I. Anagbogu – Federal Ministry of Women Affairs 3. Mrs. Grace Gekpe – Federal Ministry of Information & Culture 4. Dr. Umar M. Bello – Federal Ministry of Agriculture & Rural Development 5. Suleiman Mustapha Lawal – Ministry of Foreign Affairs 6. Mrs. Comfort C. Ekaro – Federal Ministry of Water Resources 7. Mr. Olusegun A. Adekunle – General Services Office (Office of the secretary to the government of the federation)