Three new Permanent Secretaries of the Federal Civil Service received the Oath of Allegiance and the Oath of Office from President Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retired) on Wednesday.
Shortly before the Federal Executive Council meeting on Wednesday began in the Council Chambers of the Presidential Villa in Abuja, Buhari administered the oath of office to the new senior officials.
They consist of Udom Ekenam, Lydia Jafiya, and Farouk Yabo, all of whom are from the state of Sokoto (Akwa Ibom State).
Attending the meeting are the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha; Head of the Federal Civil Service, Dr Folasade Yemi-Esan; and the National Security Adviser, Major General Babagana Monguno (retd.).
Ministers in attendance include Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed; Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami; Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed; and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Mohammed Bello.
Others are the Ministers of Industry, Trade and Investment, Niyi Adebayo; Communication and Digital Economy, Prof. Ali Pantami; Power, Abubakar Aliyu; Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige; and that of Human Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Farouq.
All other members of the Council not physically present joined the meeting through virtual means, including Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, who attended from home.
Barely one week ago, Osinbajo was discharged from the Duchess International Hospital, where he underwent surgery on his right femur (thigh bone) over an injury he sustained while playing squash.
According to a statement signed by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Laolu Akande, Osinbajo was discharged only after undergoing “physiotherapy and a smooth rehabilitation” and “will continue recuperating in the next few days.”
The VP attended this week’s meeting from his official residence, Aguda House.
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