Buhari sacks Head of Service, Oyo-Ita

Weeks after she was grilled by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission [EFCC], President Muhammadu Buhari has relieved Winifred Oyo-Ita of her duty as Head of Service.

Oyo-Ita has been directed to proceed on an indefinite leave pending the completion of investigation by the
EFCC.

This is according to a statement by director of information at the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Willie Bassey, on Wednesday, September 18, 2019.

Meanwhile, President Buhari has approved the appointment of Folashade Yemi-Esan as the acting Head of the Civil Service of the Federation with immediate effect. 

Yemi-Esan, who is then Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Petroleum Resources is expected to over from
Oyo-Ita.

Dr. Mrs. Yemi-Esan, who is the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Petroleum Resources takes over from Mrs.
Winifred Ekanem Oyo-Ita, who has been directed to proceed on an indefinite leave to allow conclusion of the investigation being carried out by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

The President has also approved the extension of the tenure of seven (7) retiring Permanent Secretaries for a period of one calendar year with effect from 1st October, 2019 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.

The affected Permanent Secretaries are:

  1. Mrs. Georgina
    Ehuriah – Ministry of Interior
    ii. Mrs. Ifeoma I. Anagbogu – Federal Ministry of Women Affairs
    iii. Mrs. Grace Gekpe – Federal Ministry of Information & Culture
    iv. Dr. Umar M. Bello – Federal Ministry of Agriculture & Rural
    Development
    v. Suleiman Mustapha Lawal – Ministry of Foreign Affairs
    vi. Mrs. Comfort C. Ekaro – Federal Ministry of Water Resources
    vii. Mr. Olusegun A. Adekunle – General Services Office (Office of the
    Secretary to the Government of the Federation)

Similarly, Mr. President has directed the Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation to commence the process for the selection of new Permanent Secretaries to replace all retiring Permanent Secretaries.

The decision of Government to extend the tenure of these Permanent Secretaries is premised on the need to ensure that the new Ministers are properly guided, briefed about their sectors and to ensure that a solid foundation is laid for the delivery on the Presidential Mandate which they jointly signed.

The Permanent Secretaries will also help the Ministers to manage the process for the preparation of the 2020 Budget
in line with the commitment of Government to return to the January-December budget circle and help develop various policies and programmes aimed at lifting 100million Nigerians out of poverty in the next 10 years.

The action of Mr. President is in exercise of the powers conferred under Section 171 (2) d of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended).

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