Abuja – Permanent Secretaries have been warned
that they would be held responsible and liable for
failure to provide the required leadership, control
and direction in their respective ministries.
President Muhammadu Buhari gave the warning
while swearing in new Permanent Secretaries in
Abuja on Thursday.
He said his administration would not condone any
excesses, incompetence, indifference or corrupt
practices in the civil service.
The president, therefore, advised them to always
guard against frequent complaints of the intolerable
levels of incompetence, indifference or even
suspected sabotage by some of the top echelon of
the civil service.
“Even where Permanent Secretaries, in some
instances, are exempted from these accusations,
they are still responsible and liable for failing to
provide the required leadership, control and
“This administration will not condone any excesses,
indifference, incompetence, and corrupt practices in
“Permanent secretaries are therefore advised to
note these words of caution and disseminate them
to all civil servants accordingly,” he said.
Buhari said civil servants must first understand and
accept the “change mantra” of this administration if
Nigeria has to realize its full potentials for greatness.
He assured that his administration would continue
to give all the necessary support, protection and
encouragement to the civil service to do its work.
“I am sure the permanent secretaries and all other
civil servants appreciate the fact that I have always
considered the civil service as an indispensable
reservoir of experience, expertise and loyalty.
“I, therefore, consider the service as a dependable
ally in my quest to change this country for the better
“I have great faith in the ability and quality of the
Nigerian civil service to provide stability and the
“This administration and the civil Service can thus
develop a constructive partnership in charting a
course for the change that Nigerians are looking
forward to,” he added.
Sixteen out of the eighteen newly appointed
permanent secretaries were sworn in by the
They are Ayotunde Adesugba, Taiwo Abidogun, Dr
Bukar Hassan, Nuratu Jimoh Batagarawa, Christian
Chinyeaka Ohaa, Bassey Apkanyung, Louis Edozien
and Dr Ugo Roy.
Others are Wakama Belema Asifieka, Jalal Arabi,
Sabiu Zakari, Obiageli Nwokedi, Aminu Nabegu, Alo
Nwankwo, Dr Shehu Ahmed and Ogbonnaya Kalu.
Bamgbose Oladele and Alhaji Mahmoud Isa-Dutse,
who are out of the country, would take their oath of
office at a later date.