Ambassador Antonia Akpabio Ekpa (PhD) has assumed duty as the Permanent Secretary Federal Ministry of Special Duties and Intergovernmental Affairs.
Ambassador Ekpa addressing Management Staff of the Ministry during a handover ceremony , called on them to embrace team building in order to achieve results in delivering on the mandates of the Ministry and thereby offer services to Nigeria citizens for which civil servants have been called to serve.
Ekpa who expressed joy on her posting to the Ministry recounted that she is in a familiar terrain as she had served as Director Planning Research and Statistics (PRS) Department years ago in this same Ministry.
The Permanent Secretary who is known as a reform agent assured the Management Staff that she would help them achieve whatever plans they had for the interest of the Ministry and the nation at large.
Earlier, the Director overseeing the office of the Permanent Secretary Dr. Stella Maduka, noted that the mission and visions of the Ministry requires it to interact and work in synergy with other Ministries, Departments and Agencies.
She appealed to staff to give the new Permanent Secretary the necessary support needed for her to succeed. Ambassador Ekpa takes over from Mr. William Alo who was posted to the Ministry of Power. Until her appointment, she served as the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Women Affairs.
Ambassador Ekpa hails from Calabar in Cross River State. She attended the University of Calabar, Cross River State. She was also at University of Ibadan where she bagged a PhD in English and Literary Arts and Gender Studies respectively.
The quest for more knowledge made her go across the shores of Nigeria to the University of Birmingham, England where she specialized in Policy Analysis and Public Sector Reforms.
Ambassador Antonia Ekpa is married with children
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