Nigeria’s first female Permanent Secretary, Mrs Francesca Emanuel, has been laid to rest today, Wednesday.
Born on September 19, 1933, she died on April 8, 2020, aged 86.
She became the first female permanent secretary in the Federal Civil Service in 1975.
Born in Lagos, she studied Geography at the then University College, Ibadan, and the University College, London. She started work as assistant secretary, Federal Ministry of Works and Housing, 1959-1960, which made her the first indigenous female administrative officer in the Federal Civil Service.
During her career, she worked at the Federal Ministry of Establishment (1960-1961), and the Police Affairs Division in the Cabinet Office (1961-1964).
Late Mrs Emanuel was appointed senior assistant secretary, Secretariat of the Morgan Commission on Nigerian Workers, in 1964; under-secretary, Federal Ministry of Commerce and Industry (1964-1969); deputy-secretary, Federal Ministry of Works and Housing (1969-1973); principal secretary, Cabinet Office (1973-1974); and secretary, Federal Public Service Commission (1975).
Her appointment as permanent secretary in the Public Service, Department of the Cabinet Office, in July 1975, marked the start of a 13-year role as permanent secretary, during which she worked in “a range of strategic and sensitive ministries, departments and agencies.”
She played a pioneering role in the post-colonial civil service, and by the time she retired voluntarily in 1988.
In 2000, she was awarded a national honour, Commander of the Order of the Niger (CON).
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