Seven new permanent secretaries have been sworn in to ensure effective delivery in the Akwa Ibom State Civil Service.
The State Governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel sealed their appointment with the swearing-in at a brief ceremony held this evening at Banquet Hall, Government Uyo.
The new permanent secretaries are; Mr. Godwin Jimmy Udoh of Eket, Mrs. Regina Isaac Okonko, Eastern Obolo, Mr. Asuquo Selong Edem – Urue Offong Oruko, Engr Udosen Ephraim Udo – Ikot Ekpene, and former staff of Programs Directorate, AKBC, Akparawa James Edet – Itu.
Others include Mr. Effiong Christopher Nicholas from Essien Udim, Mr. Joseph George Esidem Esit Eket while Mr. Isaiah Robson Ntekim was sworn in as the State Auditor General.
Speaking after administering the Oath of Allegiance and oath of office, Governor Emmanuel congratulated the new permanent secretaries on their elevation.
He charged them to step up their critical information management prowess and put in their best for the success of the completion agenda of his administration.
As the automation processes have been introduced in various Ministries by the government, Governor Emmanuel urged the new permanent secretaries to key in for efficiency in the civil service.
The Governor prayed God to grant them the grace to deliver on the job even as he urged them to do well to work amicably with Commissioners in the Ministries they would be posted to serve.
He assured that government would continue to fill up vacant positions in the civil service but warned that those who failed the interview more than once would no longer be considered since, according to him, such persons lack the competence to serve in the capacity as permanent Secretary.
Our government house correspondent, Kufre Emmanuel reports that the ceremony featured the presentation of appointment letters to the new permanent secretaries and Auditor General by Governor Udom Emmanuel.