Niger State Governor Abubakar Bello of Niger, Tuesday, appointed 17 permanent secretaries, replacing the former ones, retired by the governor as part of measures to restructure the state’s civil service.
The Senior Special Assistant, Media and Publicity to the governor, Mr Jide Orintunsin, said in a statement that Bello ordered the old permanent secretaries to go on immediate retirement leave.
“The governor also approved the appointment of 17 new Permanent Secretaries into the state civil service for efficiency of the service.
“The ongoing exercise and changes in the civil service is to allow for the emergence of a new crop of leadership, reinvigorate the service and entrench equity and fairness.
“The creation of three additional ministries and employment of 250 graduates into the state’s civil service is part of efforts to harness the potentials of the workforce and enhance efficiency in service delivery,’’ Orintunsin said.
He listed the new ministries as; the Ministry of Forestry and Animal Resources, Ministry of Solid Minerals Development and Ministry of Culture and Tourism, bringing the number of ministries in the state to 18 from 15.
“The creation of the new ministries is to enable us as government harness our full potential in the state. “I have also directed the State Civil Service Commission to immediately recruit 250 graduates from the 25 Local Government Areas into the state civil service.
“In addition, I have also approved the appointment of 17 new Permanent Secretaries based on merit and with immediate effect,” the governor said in the statement.