Buhari sacks Head of Service, Oyo-Ita; appoints replacement


President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Mrs Folashade Yemi-Esan as Acting Head of Civil Service of the Federation with immediate effect.

Yemi-Esan, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Petroleum Resources takes over from Mrs Winifred Oyo-Ita, who has been directed to proceed on an indefinite leave to allow conclusion of the investigation being carried out by 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 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:

i. 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


v. Mr 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 Secretary to the Government of the Federation)

Similarly, Mr. President has directed Office of the Head of 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 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 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 100 million 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).


Willie Bassey, Director Information, Office of Secretary to the Government of the Federation

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