Nigeria’s First Lady, Patience Jonathan was yesterday appointed as a Permanent Secretary in Bayelsa state. Mrs Jonathan and 17 others were appointed Perm Sec in the state civil service by the governor of Bayelsa State, Governor Seriake Dickson. The announcement was broadcast on the state radio station yesterday evening Wednesday July 11th.
The Snr. Special assistant to the governor on media affairs, Mr. Daniel Iworiso-Markson, explained that the First Lady was a teacher in the state’s civil service and has been on leave of absence since 1999 to join her husband in his political service; first as a deputy governor, governor, vice president, then president. If not for the leave of absence, according to him, Mrs Jonathan would have risen to the status of a permanent secretary by now.This is the first time a reigning First Lady has been appointed as a Permanent Secretary in a State civil service.