IT IS OFFICIAL: DAME PATIENCE JONATHAN IS PERMANENT SECRETARY.
have clarified with three Senior Permanent Secretaries one in Bayelsa
State and two in Rivers State. According to them a State Governor has
the constitutional powers to appoint anybody as a Permanent Secretary,
in some cases even though it does not conform with the Public Service
Rules. Such offices, according to the career bureaucrats are sometimes at the pleasure of the Governor.
It is true that Dame Patience Jonathan was a staff of the Ministry of
Education and her appointment as PS may not be out of order.
CONSTITUTIONAL POWERS may transcend the Public Service Rules. Some
Governors wives are judges, some President's wives are judges and they
can occupy any appointive position. On the face of it, the appointment
looks odd but Governor HSD has the constitutional powers to make such
appointments. The Governor is both a legal practitioner as well as a law
maker. I respect the opinion of these career civil servants.
CONSTITUTIONAL POWERS SUPERSEDE THE PUBLIC SERVICE RULES