Dame Patience Jonathan, wife of President Goodluck Jonathan, has been appointed, by Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State, with seventeen others as new permanent secretaries in the state civil service. This is the first time the wife of a president has been appointed as a permanent secretary and this is generating controversy since permanent secretaries are typically senior civil servants.
Government sources claim that her appointment is justified based on her long service which was transferred from the Rivers State Civil Service to the Bayelsa Civil Service. A spokesman for the Bayelsa state governor claimed that Mrs Jonathan would have risen to the status of a permanent secretary, if she she had not taken a leave of absence after her husband became the deputy governor of Bayelsa state. However, there was no information on the level she rose to in the civil service before she left and which ministry she was working in before she went on a leave of absence.
Dame Patience Jonathan and seventeen other senior civil servants were elevated to the position of permanent secretary in Bayelsa state. The statement confirming her appointment said, âBy the constitutional power conferred on the state governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson, in section 203 sub-section 2c, Dame Patience Jonathan and seventeen others have been elevated to the position of Permanent Secretary in the state civil service,â
Dame Patience Jonathan obtained the National Certificate of Education (NCE) in Mathematics/ Biology in 1989 from the Rivers State College of Education and a Bachelor of Education in Biology and Psychology from the University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
She worked in teaching, banking and as a sports administrator in the Rivers state civil service.
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Ahmed New York City, USA July 18, 2012
MR PSYCHOPHANT GOMINATOR - Take a brief moment, and ask your conscience, if this is a proper thing to do or not? And where are your stupid advisers? Common fool....., stop insulting our intelligence.
dino imo, naija July 12, 2012
EQUITY KD, NIGER July 12, 2012
The governor is confused as his elder brother at ASO ROCK.
kolikoli Abuja, Nigeria July 12, 2012
It is very sad to note that with the current crises in the country, people can still commit this type of mistake. Is Patience the only woman left in Bayelsa? How possible can she double as first lady and Permanent Secretary? Just simple logic. She cant. Yet money (salary and allowances of all kind will be flowing. Haba.
Think of the masses. Let your conscience judge you. Is it right, is it proper, Is it Lawful.
Felix Lagos, Nigeria July 12, 2012
I find it difficult to believe that the piece of crap article sailed through the editor's table and into the papers. You say someone was appointed as one of the 17 Perm Secs, then you go on to say the person and 17 others were elevated to the position of perm secs.
Were there 17 people of 18 people. Abi una no sabi count? Then anyway, this kind of thing can only happen in Naija that is why substandard articles like this too are only written in Naija.