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‘Persevere to deliver excellent service’ — Soludo swears in 18 permanent secretaries

Chukwuma Soludo, governor of Anambra, has sworn in 18 permanent secretaries recently appointed by him.

Performing the function on Monday at the government house in Awka, the state capital, Soludo said the appointments were merit-based.

“This is a unique appointment process,” the governor said.

“For the first time in the state, permanent secretaries were chosen through rigorous examinations and interviews, ensuring the most qualified candidates were selected.”

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Last week, Soludo broke the traditional practice of reserving top civil service positions for indigenes and included natives from other states into his administration.

The former Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) governor said the appointment of the 18 permanent secretaries — 10 men and eight women — proves his commitment to gender equality.

“There may be limitations but we must persevere to deliver excellent service to the citizens of Anambra,” he told the new appointees.

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Soludo reminded the civil servants of their oath of allegiance, urging them to work “conscientiously, combat corruption, and uphold justice”.

He also encouraged them to work collaboratively with commissioners and other levels of government to propel Anambra forward.

Some of the dignitaries present at the occasion were Onyekachukwu Ibezim, deputy governor; Solo Chukwulobelu, secretary to the state government (SSG); Ernest Ezeajughi, chief of staff to the governor; JPC Anetoh, principal secretary; Chinedu Nwoye, chief of protocol; and other members of the Anambra state executive council.

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