The wife of the president, Dame Patience Jonathan, will today in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, be sworn-in as a permanent secretary along with 17 others by the Bayelsa State governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson.
Others to be sworn in include Mr. J. E. Oye, Samson Ayibeboa, Mrs. Antonia Koroye, Ziwari Billie, Buruboyefa John, Dikuro Ayebameh, Serge Williams, Olu Kuruom, G. I. Izein, Mrs. Philomena Alodie, Dr. Omietimi Kojo, Ese Izonebi, Ohougha Maythias, James Clinton, Mrs. Linnet Tebepah, Moses Teibowei, Dr. A. Sanayi and Vivian Odiwei
Dame Jonathan arrived in the Bayelsa State capital yesterday ahead of today’s event that will hold at the State Banquet Hall of the Government House. The workers of the State Environmental Sanitation Authority were seen around the state capital re-painting the culverts along the roads to the Government House in anticipation of the number of guests the swearing-in will take.
The announcement of the appointment of the wife of the president as permanent secretary had generated mixed reactions. While some considered her elevation as routine and due to the long service from the Rivers State Civil Service and Bayelsa Civil Service, others argued that it was unnecessary and embarrassing to the president, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan.
Dame 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, Nigeria.
Dame Jonathan’s working experience spanned teaching, banking, sports administration and the state civil service before she became the wife of the deputy governor of Bayelsa State and, years later, Bayelsa State governor’s wife, wife of the vice president and now wife of the president.
In the announcement made on the state broadcasting station, Radio Bayelsa, and signed by the aide to the governor, the governor based his action on the constitutional power conferred on him by section 203 sub-section 2c.