By Chinwendu Agoha (Governance Reporter)

A new Permanent Secretary, Ernest Afolabi, has been appointed for the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.

A statement by Ezeaja Ikemefuna, the Chief Information Officer for the Director of Information of the Ministry said the new Permanent Secretary has since assumed duty.

Addressing Directors and Management staff of the Ministry today, in Abuja, Umakhihe while receiving the Handing Over notes from the sit-in Permanent Secretary, Hajia Karima Babaginda, Director, Federal Department of Agriculture, he stressed the need for teamwork and cooperation of the Directors in order to achieve the diversification policy of the federal government in the Agricultural Sector.

According to him ‘’I am here to operate an open-door policy, learn from the Directors, add value and coordinate the affairs of the Ministry.

While welcoming the Permanent Secretary, Mrs. Karima Babaginda informed that the ministry has the mandate to ensure food security and create employment opportunities for teeming youths of the nation. She pledged the loyalty and commitment of the Directors and the entire staff of the ministry.

Mr. Ernest Afolabi Umakhihe who was born on the 5th of April, 1964, is a Professional Accountant of high repute, a core Technocrat and an Astute Administrator. He has served in the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Sports, Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning and Office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation. NNL.