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Thursday, July 19, 2012


The First Lady, Dame Patience Faka Jonathan, will be sworn in as a permanent secretary in the Bayelsa State Civil Service tomorrow.
Mrs. Jonathan, who was appointed permanent secretary in the state civil service by Governor Henry Seriake Dickson last week, should  have arrived at the state capital Yenagoa today, for the swearing in.
But despite the criticism that has followed the announcement of her appointment, the first lady got support from the most unlikeliest of places Wednesday.
Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka, in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital, threw his weight behind her appointment, stating that the first lady was not constitutionally disqualified from the office of permanent secretary.
It was gathered that all the new permanent secretaries, including Mrs Jonathan will be formally posted to their various ministries the same day.
Although it could not be confirmed if Mrs. Jonathan would be moving back to Yenagoa after being sworn in and allotted a ministry, indications that the first lady will be accepting the position has emerged with the arrival of some State House personnel in Yenagoa Wednesday.

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