Edited by the bayelsa new media team
I 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