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First perm sec to defy Senate, Anastasia Daniel-Nwaobia, may cause clash

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I won't take this: Dr. Bukola Saraki
I won’t take this: Dr. Bukola Saraki

It looks like the Senate is set to clash with the Presidency over an alleged attempt by the latter to rubbish the senate president. Pro-Saraki senators are accusing the Presidency of instigating the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Finance, Mrs. Anastasia Daniel-Nwaobia, not to honour an invitation by the upper chamber. Nwaobia had told the Senate that she could not honour its invitation without an approval by her supervisors to do so.

But the Saraki loyalists said refusal constituted an affront to the legitimacy of the senate president. “It will not augur well for our democracy if the Presidency will not allow civil servants to do their jobs. We should not carry the crisis in the APC to the Senate,” a pro-Saraki senator told one of our correspondents in Abuja on Sunday.

Obviously, it is the pro-Saraki senators who are playing politics here. Nwaobia’s “supervisors” and “presidency” don’t mean the same. But by the time the Senate begins to summon different permanent secretaries, it may be a ploy to force President Muhammadu Buhari to appoint ministers faster than he plans to. However, anyone good enough to be a perm sec should be good enough to defend their ministry before the Senate.

However, rather than wield the big stick by summoning Nwaobia or indeed anyone, the Senate ought to state clearly the reasons for her summons. That way, it becomes a matter of public interest, and demonstrably so. Right now, it looks like mere politics and a power show.

PROFILE OF DANIEL-NWAOBIA
Anastasia Mabi Daniel-Nwaobia (Mrs) was born on 25th January, 1960. She hails from Shendam Local Government of Plateau State. She had her primary education at St Jalarth’s Primary School, Bukuru (1972) and proceeded to St. Louis College, Jos between 1973 – 1977. Mrs A. M. Daniel-Nwaobia is a graduate of BA Mass Communication/Political Science from Bayero University Kano (1981). She also obtained M.sc. International Relations and Strategic Studies from University of Jos in 1985. Her working career spanned both the public and private sector. After her National Youth Service Scheme in 1981/82 where she distinguished herself as an information/press officer, she joined the services of the Plateau State Radio & Television Corporation as a Public Relations Officer.

During her stint with the station, she also worked as a producer/presenter and Programmer. She later joined the banking industry and rose to the post of Treasury Manager between 1986 to 1996 when she left to join the services of the Federal Housing Authority (FHA) as Board Secretary, a position she occupied up to December, 1999. Her sojourn into the mainstream, Federal Civil Service started in 2000 when she was absorbed and regularized as an Assistant Director, GL. 15 and posted to the former Federal Ministry of Commerce.

She rose to the positions of Deputy Director in the Federal Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development and later Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation in the Career Management Office, until she became a Director in the same Office. She was appointed a Permanent Secretary representing North Central Zone with effect from 14th November, 2011. Until 23rd July, 2013 when she was deployed to the Federal Ministry of Finance, she had served as Permanent Secretary, Economic Affairs Office, Office of Secretary to the Government of the Federation (0SGF), Federal Ministry of Tourism, Culture and National Orientation and Ministry of Interior.[/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]

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