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Gov. Amosun of Ogun State Appoints Abia and Kogi Indigenes as Permanent Secretaries



L-R: Newly appointed permanent secretary, Mr. Ofor Emmanuel from Abia State, Secretary to the State Government, Barrister Taiwo Adeoluwa, Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State, his deputy, Chief Mrs. Yetunde Onanuga, another appointed permanent secretary, Mr. Steve Ipinniwa from Kogi State and other newly appointed P. S after the swearing in of 14 permanent secretaries in Abeokuta, Ogun State.

L-R: Newly appointed permanent secretary, Ofor Emmanuel from Abia State, Secretary to the State Government, Barrister Taiwo Adeoluwa, Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State, his deputy, Yetunde Onanuga, another appointed permanent secretary, Steve Ipinniwa from Kogi State, and other newly appointed P. S after the swearing in of 14 permanent secretaries in Abeokuta, Ogun State.

Ogun state governor, Ibikunle Amosun, has appointed two non-indigenes of the state as Permanent Secretaries in the state’s Civil Service.

A native of Abia State, Ndimele Emmanuel Ofor, and another native of Kogi State, Ipinniwa Steve Olusegun were among the 14 new Permanent Secretaries sworn in by the governor at the State Executive Council Chambers, Governor’s office, Oke-mosan, Abeokuta.

“I believe that if someone has been serving in a place for 20, 30 years he can no longer be called a non-indigene. He has been with us and he has worked with us. He is now part of us. He cannot be called a non-indigene, and in any event, it will be unfair and unjust to deprive someone who worked for you his deserved elevation on account of where he comes from.

As for me, hard work rather than where you come from should be the basis for promotion. This is the first time we are having non- indigenes as permanent secretaries in the state and they are part and parcel of us, irrespective of where they are from, we’ll honour them because they have proven themselves to be hard working,” the governor said at the swearing in event.

Credit: Vanguard


  1. Oga o

    September 2, 2016 at 9:41 pm

    Then some miscreants will say Yorubas are not accommodating and progressive. In how many other regions does this happen? Congratulations Mr Ofor and Mr Olusegun. Looking forward to a Nigeria where where you come from has no bearing on who you are or who you choose to be. .

  2. Darius

    September 3, 2016 at 4:34 am

    This is a step in the right direction. This governor has my vote whenever he decides to run for president. He is fair in his appointments. Carrying every tribe along so that nobody feels less Nigerian. Good!

  3. Tip

    September 3, 2016 at 12:26 pm

    BN,The public university in Ogun state has been on strike for a month now with the governor not saying anything on it.Please help us appeal #ReopenOOU

  4. nene

    September 3, 2016 at 12:57 pm

    this is a good change. there were also igbo people on fashola’s team.

  5. Prince

    September 3, 2016 at 1:25 pm

    You can’t take it away from them. Yorubas are the most liberal people in this country. Die if you wan die. Drink sniper to make am fast

  6. Damilola

    September 3, 2016 at 3:36 pm

    Yorubas are the most accommodating group who push for unity. Yet receive the most insult from Igbos for being tribalist. They want Yorubas to die for them but won’t even pretend to faint let alone appreciate what Yorubas do for them. Bunch of selfish fools.

    • Naijatalk

      September 3, 2016 at 9:57 pm

      And you had to call them fools. Who is the fool internet warrior? What makes you think the entire igbo race/nation hate the Yoruba people. Is it because Igbo people do not make the loudest noise about the things they do?

    • Damilola

      September 3, 2016 at 11:06 pm

      The ones that always find every second to insult Yorubas are fools. Igbos are the loudest group, everywhere you go they make themselves known. So, if they do half of what Yorubas do, and if Yorubas occupy igboarea the way they have settled in Yorubaland peacefully, they will get on the loudest mic to say it. Which means Igbos ain’t doing much in that area.

    • Naijatalk

      September 3, 2016 at 11:39 pm

      The same term you use to describe a people – “Bunch of selfish fools” can also apply to people who use the actions of a few to judge an entire tribe.
      Now about Igbos being the loudest, come on now, you know that’s not true. When comedians joke about loud and noisy people, what tribe is the butt of their joke? That’s besides the point.
      Igbos are quite modest about their achievements. In dressing, they are modest, academically, financially, and professionally, they are silent achievers. You can never tell how much an Igbo person is worth by his or her appearance.
      However, they are VERY VOCAL about perceived injustice, sentiments I believe were stirred up by the Biafran war, and the maltreatment of the Igbos in the aftermath. Have you for once considered the pain of a people whose entire lives came down to 20 pounds? If you ever bothered to put yourself in their shoes, you will understand their anger. Because the Igbos did not retreat silently after the war, they have been tagged loud, recalcitrant, troublesome. Igbos are not pushovers. It is against their make-up. They cannot be bullied. They speak their minds, and tell discomfiting truths where other Nigerians will fear to tread. This we know a number of Nigerian cultures are uncomfortable with.
      This post is supposed to generate positivity and celebrate a governor who can look past tribal differences, recognize the benefits other indigenes have to offer, and allow them the opportunity to make their mark. A bunch of you as usual have seized the opportunity to hurl insults. It can be verified that some South Westerners take delight in any opportunity to drag Igbos through the mud. Ask BN to pull up several posts for you. In the past, I would read the comments and ignore. I only started responding because it is important for BN contributors like you to know that this is not acceptable.

    • Damilola

      September 4, 2016 at 4:49 am

      I know, you want to defend your people but you ain’t gotta lie. Igbos are the loudest everybody and their mama know it. Yorubas are known for partying which is the part comedians use a lot. Igbos being silent about what they have is another joke actually lie. I’m guessing you are a comedian/liar. Igbos are very lousy about what they own which can sometimes translate into being proud of their accomplishment. Only an Igbo man will brag about his money, how many houses, shoes he has even Igbo girls brag too. Igbos brag about their academic success meanwhile Yorubas been flourishing academically way before but just remain humble. There’s a an Igbo family with two doctors in the family in LA, the parent announces to everybody, Everywhere, my dauta is a medical doctor, the other one is a dentist. To the point of saying, Igbos are the smartest group that’s why Yorubas hate them. You must be used to it, can’t see outside of your bubble. If it was an Igbo governor, the whole comment section will be screaming Igbo Kwenu directly trying to prove how better they are then drop insults on Yorubas as usual. At school, work, parties Igbos make it a point to show they have arrived.
      Biafra sentiment aside, Igbos have nobody to be angry at but themselves and Mr Ojukwu. He messed up big time. But it still doesn’t take away from the sellfishness and arrogance Igbos carry on their shoulder. Also, being ungrateful.

    • Naijatalk

      September 4, 2016 at 6:51 am

      There you finally said what you have woefully failed to disguise on this blog…..”that’s why Yorubas hate them.” Thanks for being honest. Yet somehow Yoruba men find their way to east to marry Igbo women, can’t count how many, including the founder of this blog. I’m one myself. The hate is really strong.
      Damilola have a glass of koolaid. You’ve been nursing resentment for a very long time. You can never respond without resorting to insults. You are terribly abusive, but very quick to expound Christian values and use said values in castigating homosexuals. Your case is irredeemable.

    • Damilola

      September 4, 2016 at 5:55 pm

      Hahahahaha…I don’t disguise, I tell it as It is. How old are you? You should know this statement “That’s why Yorubas hate them” is a reference and delusional statement many Igbos believe which is FALSE. Do igbos really think if Yorubas hate them, they will live among Yorubas peacefully this way or there will be so many inter tribal marriages. I mean, yorubaland is the most settled places by Igbos outside of their villages, without any problem. Even as far as my place ondo state, Igbos are enjoying their lives freely there. You are doing the typical crying victim mentality. You know it’s the truth, truth hurts. Pele. Telling the truth is NOT hatred. If it’s hatred, then you are guilty too.

  7. akomoniwe

    September 6, 2016 at 10:18 am

    This is something that can never happen in the East. An Igbo man will never leave indigenes and appoint non indigenes .I am sure there are Ogun indigenes that are also qualified .I beg the governor should not lay a bad precedence prior to his exit .

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