The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has sworn in a new secretary in person of Rose Orianran-Anthony.
Our correspondent gathered that Ms Orianran-Anthony, who has served in the commission for 28 years, was appointed for a four year term.
Speaking during the swearing-in ceremony in Abuja on Friday, the chairman of the commission, Mahmood Yakubu, congratulated the new secretary, urging her to discharge her duties professionally for the interest of the nation.
According to him, the commission had confidence in her ability to bring her experience to bear in discharging her duties.
The chairman, therefore, charged Ms Orianran-Anthony to make sure that staff members of the commission under her remain neutral in the discharge of their duties especially as 2019 elections was around the corner.
In her reaction, Ms Orianran-Anthony thanked the commission for the appointment, saying that her appointment is a privilege and a call to duty coming at this critical period of preparation for the 2019 general election
“I am eternally grateful to God Almighty to be chosen among qualified colleagues. I want to put on record my sincere appreciation to the commission,” Ms Orianran-Anthony said.
The new secretary holds a Bachelor of Arts (Education) degree in Language Arts from the Ahmadu Bello University and a Master’s degree in Public Communications and Public Relations from the University of Westminster, London.