Following a statement issued on Wednesday by the Director of Information, Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Willie Bassey, President Muhammadu Buhari instructs the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Mrs Winifred Ekanem Oyo-Ita, to go on an indefinite leave. The leave is to allow the conclusion of the investigation being carried out by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.
The embattled ex-Head of Service has been absent from public functions after the EFCC grilled her over N3 billion fraud allegation, although she was absent during the retreat for ministers-designate, where she was listed as one of the resource persons, because she was indisposed. However, she was present for the swearing-in of ministers at the Council Chambers of the Presidential Villa, after she first met with the Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari, in his office.
As for reports that the presidency rejected her letter of resignation, it’s false because no letter was written in the first place, it was all formulated by the media.
Consequently, the President has also approved the appointment of Dr. Mrs. Folashade Yemi-Esan as the Acting Head of the Civil Service of the Federation with immediate effect.
Bassey said, “Yemi-Esan, who is the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Petroleum Resources takes over from Mrs. Winifred Ekanem Oyo-Ita, following the President’s instruction to proceed on an indefinite leave to allow conclusion of the investigation ongoing by EFCC.”
The President has also given order to the OHCSF to commence the process for the selection of new permanent secretaries.