—-Swears in 8 permanent Secretaries
By Johnbosco Agbakwuru
ABUJA – PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday accused the past Peoples Democratic Party, PDP-led administrations of abusing the federal civil service and undermined service delivery to the people.
President Buhari made the accusation while swearing in eight permanent secretaries from eight states where vacancies existed at the Council Chamber, Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The swearing-in ceremony was done before the weekly Federal Executive Council, FEC, meeting presided over by the President.
He alleged that the past administrations “abused, undermined and destroyed the systems of checks and balances within the civil service that were meant to protect and preserve the interest of our citizens.”
According to him, it was the alleged systemic abuse of power that “significantly enriched a few privileged individuals while at the same time making majority of our fellow citizens poorer and undeserved.
“As a result, many Nigerians lost confidence in Government and its ability to deliver the required guidance and service to our people.”
The President reiterated that his administration his administration had delivered on its three focal areas of security, economy and fight against corruption, adding, “we have made progress on all fronts working very collaboratively with the civil service.”
President Buhari charged the new Permanent Secretaries to be above board in their functions and key “into the Administration’s programmes aimed at reforming Nigeria and restoring the confidence of Nigerians in Government and the civil service.
“To enable you to achieve this, we approved the Federal Civil Service Strategy and Implementation Plan 2017 to 2020. This plan will ensure the civil service is adequately manned and equipped to operate efficiently as it implements government policies for inclusive growth and development.
“When fully implemented, we would have successfully transformed the Civil Service into an efficient, productive, incorruptible and citizen-centered machinery of government.
“Therefore, l wish to take this opportunity to solicit your support and cooperation as we implement all the programmes of government in a result -oriented manner that will leave an indelible legacy.
“In doing this, you must all remain above board and eschew partisanship your decisions and actions. You must strive to achieve excellence at all times. Your motto should be civility and serviceability.”
President Buhari assured the entire Civil Service and the wider Public Service of the commitment of his Administration to its welfare and capacity development at all times.
While congratulating the newly sworn in Permanent Secretaries, the President said, “This is a great achievement of which you should be proud. Only a tiny percentage of Nigerians make it to this level. I am sure that your journey to reach this apex position in the Federal Civil Service has been full of challenges and sacrifices.
“Today you and your families will celebrate the reward of the decades of service that you have put in.
“As you celebrate this remarkable achievement, I also want to remind you that the oath you just took and the position you currently hold comes with a lot of responsibilities.
“Now more than ever, our country needs a very vibrant, professional and selfless civil service that will help to overcome its pressing problems.
“As politicians, we develop policies and provide strategic direction for the nation. However, the task of implementing these policies and strategies rests in the hands of the civil service under the able guidance of the Permanent Secretaries.”
The new permanent secretaries are; Abel Olumuyiwa Enitan (Osun State), Dr. Mohammed Dikwa (Borno), Dr. Ajani Magdalene N. Olor (Delta) and Festus Yusuf Narai Daudu (Nasarawa).
Others are: Mbaeri Maurice Nnamdi (Imo), Dr. Bakari Wadinga (Adamawa), Babatunde Lawal (Lagos), and Umakhihe Ernest Afolabi (Edo).