Port Harcourt — Rivers State Governor, Mr. Chibuike Amaechi, has sworn in six new female Permanent Secretaries.
Governor Amaechi swore in the six female Permanent Secretaries at the Council Chamber, Government House, Port Harcourt, yesterday.
Those sworn in are Dr. Offor Nnesochi; Mrs. C. Iragunima; Mrs. Clara Princewill; Mrs. Amie Iwo; Mrs. Wihioka Comfort and Dr. Justina Jumbo.
Meanwhile, the governor has relieved the Commissioner for Special Duties, Mr. Emeka Wogu, of his appointment and replaced him with Mr. Omunakwe Dickson, whose name will be sent to the state House of Assembly for confirmation.
Congratulating the new Permanent Secretaries, the governor said they were appointed on merit and urged them to be fair and just as they contribute to the growth of the state's sub-national economy.
He said: "A civil servant is supposed to be apolitical, but in the Nigerian context, nearly all Nigerians are politicians, and that is because the economy is not productive. The only productive part of the economy is government and that is because government takes money from oil and everybody wants to be part of the sharing of that money, but the moment the economy becomes productive, a lot of people will not want to be in politics.
"We hope that as we increase our desire to improve on our sub-national economy, like all of you, the women would contribute to this growth and the way to contribute to it is to ensure that you are fair, just and that you work hard and punish those who don't ."
He warned the new permanent secretaries not to be involved in corrupt practices, explaining that their appointment will increase the number of female permanent secretaries in the state civil service.