The Federal Government has begun the process for the appointment of 16 new permanent secretaries.

The Head of the Civil Service of the Federation (HCSF), Dr. Folasade Yemi-Esan, said this in a statement signed by the Director, Communications Office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation (OHCSF), Mrs. Olawunmi Ogunmosunle, on Tuesday.

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the commencement of the processes for the appointment of 16 new Permanent Secretaries to replace outgoing Permanent Secretaries in 14 states and to fill two existing vacancies in two other states.

The 24 state whose tenure of permanent secretaries would soon elapse are Kwara, Kebbi, Abia, Anambra, Cross River, Kaduna, Kano, Oyo, Rivers, Sokoto, Adamawa, Yobe, Gombe and Jigawa states who will retire in 2020, while the existing vacancies are in Zamfara and Kogi states.

The President has also given approval for the commencement of the process for the selection of eligible Directors to fill the vacancies.

“Consequently, officers in the main stream of the Federal Civil Service, who attained the substantive rank of Director, on Salary Grade level 17 on or before 1st January, 2018, who had updated their records on the IPPIS Verification Portal and are from Kwara, Kebbi, Abia, Anambra, Cross River, Kaduna, Kano, Oyo, Rivers, Sokoto, Adamawa, Yobe, Gombe, Jigawa, Zamfara and Kogi States; and are not retiring from the service earlier than, or on 31st December, 2021, are eligible to participate.

“Accordingly, Ministries/Offices are requested to forward the list of all eligible Directors on SGL 17 in their Ministry/Office; their confidential and personal files; 20 copies of their Curriculum Vitae; brief on each of the directors in the attached format, to be produced in Microsoft word and submitted in both hard (20) copies and soft copies.

“The soft copies are to be sent in a flash drive and also forwarded to

Evidence of State of Origin which, in the case of female directors, is not acquired by marriage is also to be produced,” the statement read. It said the documents must reach the Office of the Permanent Secretary, Career Management Office (CMO), OHCSF, Federal Secretariat Phase II on or before 4pm on Friday, 24th April, 2020.

Candidates were also advised to note that the selection process would involve three stages of sitting for a written examination; test on ICT competency in Microsoft Word, Excel and Power point; and interactive session with a broad-based panel of experts and practitioner.


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