WINIFRED Ekanem Oyo-Ita, current permanent secretary, ministry of Science and Technology, is the new head of the civil service of the federation. President Muhammadu Buhari, on Tuesday, October 20, appointed Oyo-Ita having removed Danladi Kifasi from the post.
The new head of service is 51 years old. She is expected to assume duty on Wednesday, October 21.
Oyo-Ita hails from Adiabo community of Odukpani Local Council of Cross Rivers State, was born in April 1964. She was educated at the Queens College Yaba and graduated at the University of Lagos in 1984 with B.Sc Accounting. She holds a Master’s degree from the Nasarawa State University.She was director, Finance and Accounts at the Head of Civil Service of the Federation and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria, ICAN.
Before her appointment as the permanent secretary in the federal ministry of Science and Technology in April 2014, Oyo-Ita was permanent secretary in the federal ministry of Special Duties and Intergovernmental Affairs.
Kifasi was due to retire on January, 1, 2016 when he will be 60 years old and that his last day in office would have been December 31, 2015.
He would have proceeded on three months pre-retirement leave since the beginning of October, but it was unclear why he did not observe his terminal leave much earlier as expected.
— Oct 21, 2015 @ 12:30 GMT