Anxiety Lurks In The Dark, As Gov. Okowa Appoints Nine New Permanent Secretaries

*Some Fear Retirement May Mar Their Rise To High Echelon In Civil Service

The Governor of Delta State, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, has approved the appointment of Nine New Permanent Secretaries for the Delta State Civil Service and Hospitals Management Board.

The new appointmentt, according to Blank NEWS Online checks, is yet to reveal the governor’s “main men” in the civil service. The list made available to the public on Monday, April 30, 2018 was a tip off the iceberg.

It could be recalled that Governor Okowa, during a recent quarterly media chart with journalists in Asaba, refused to disclose, who would be appointed and when, as he jokingly declares, “you know I cannot say much on that because many people are involved and that could heat up the civil system. I’ll just do the right thing when the time comes.”

Meanwhile, most Deltans, especially top hierarchy civil servants who are yet to make the list are anxious of what could happen next.

Blank NEWS Online checks have revealed that many civil servants in the government Ministries, Departments,  Parastatals and Agencies (MDAs) have been acting as “functional permanent secretaries” and are praying to make the list before their retirement which draws close by the dawn of a new day.

According to a statement endorsed by the State Director of Information, Mr Paul Osahor, those appointed include Engr Fred A. Edafioghor, Mr S.E.O. Dietake, Mr P.N. Anuku, Mr U.M. Aloba and Mr. L.O. Kekema.

Others are Mrs A. Arthur-Prest Umukoro, Mr C.N. Akpatiakwachukwu and Mrs G.A. Puegeren, as well as Dr A.I Pemu for the Hospital Management Board.

The statement added that the newly appointed Permanent Secretaries would to be inaugurated at a date to be announced.

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Blank NEWS Online founding Editor-in-Chief and Publisher, Albert Eruorhe Ograka, is a Graduate of Mass Communication. He also holds a Post Graduate Diploma (PGD) in Journalism from the International Institute of Journalism (IIJ).

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