Just recently, according to Vanguard, President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment to office of five new Permanent Secretaries in the federal civil service following the recent conduct of the selection process.
This was made known on Friday by the head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Dr Folasade Yemi-Esan, in Abuja, saying the appointed Federal Permanent Secretaries include Adebiyi Olusesan Olufunso from Ekiti state, Onwudiwe Maryann Ngozi from Enugu, Yusuf Ibrahim Idris from Katsina, Ogunbiyi Marcus Olaniyi from Lagos and Ibrahim Abubakar Kana of Nasarawa states.
However, the date of the swearing-in and deployment of the appointees, according to AbdulGaniyu Aminu, Director, Press and Public Relations, Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation is yet to be announced.
However, in another news, Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State has insisted that Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, has failed in doing the right thing as regards its responsibility of ensuring infrastructural development in Niger Delta and developing the good living of the people.
The governors statement through his Chief of Staff, Mr Osaigbovo Iyoha, reads: “We are aware and know that Urhonigbe road in Orhionmwon local council area contract has been awarded by NDDC. We made sure that we don’t duplicate efforts. NDDC has not been forthcoming with contracts that have been awarded at that level.
“In a normal system, if the NDDC has lived up to their responsibility and done the right thing, the government will not need to do the same project. We don’t duplicate work, it amounts to waste of funds.
“NDDC left the road in a worse shape than it was before the construction started. It is not an excuse to allow the people to suffer due to the failure of an agency to perform its statutory responsibility.
“As soon as possible, we will send government agencies to check the state of the road and report back. We will do something quick for our people at Urhonigbe because we know that our people are predominantly farmers.
“We will deploy officials from the Ministry of Infrastructure to examine the state of the road to enable us undertake palliative measures before providing a permanent solution to the road. As an administration, we will do our best to ensure that the people of the community feel the impact of the government.”