El-Rufai Swears In New Commissioners, Permanent Secretaries

Nasir El-Rufai, Kaduna,The Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, has sworn-in four new commissioners and eight permanent secretaries.

The new commissioners sworn in included: Barrister Umma Hikima, Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice, Jafaru Ibrahim Sani, Commissioner for Local Government, Professor Kabir Mohammed Mato, Commissioner for Agriculture and Forestry and Hafsat Mohammed Baba, Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development.

The governor also appointed two caretaker chairmen for Giwa and Zangon-Kataf Local Government Areas.

In his address at the inauguration of the appointees, El-Rufai said his government decided to bring new commissioners to energize the administration for better performance.

While commending the former commissioners for their service rendered to the people of Kaduna state, he explained that none of them were dropped or sacked but were deployed to handle other government assignments.

He reminded the appointees that they were joining the cabinet at a time the state and country as a whole is facing economic challenges, hence they must work harder to deliver on their mandate.

“I thank the former commissioners for their service in our state. I want to make it clear that we didn’t drop any commissioner.

“None of our commissioners was dropped. Some former commissioners have been deployed to other functions of government. So, our team is intact and we are all together.

“We carefully selected our team members. We decided to bring new commissioners to energize the administration and to inject new blood.

“You are joining a ‘wahala’ team and I sympathise with you because we work with little earnings.

“The permanent secretaries were chosen based on their competence, integrity and all the directors chosen to be permanent secretaries sat for exams and faced oral interview so, we have the best of permanent secretaries,” he explained.

Some of the appointees thanked the governor for deeming them fit to serve in his administration, hence, promised to contribute their quota towards making Kaduna state great again.

Gov El-Rufai Reshuffles Cabinet, Drops Four Commissioners

Nasir El-Rufai, Kaduna, Commissioners, CabinetKaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, on Tuesday, sacked four commissioners from his cabinet.

In a minor change of cabinet, Governor El-Rufai nominated replacements for the sacked commissioner for confirmation by the Kaduna State House of Assembly (KSHA).

The Clerk of the House of Assembly, Umma Hikima, was appointed as the Commissioner of Justice and Attorney-General of the state, while Professor Kabiru Mato was nominated as the Commissioner for Agriculture and Forestry.

Hafsat Baba was also appointed as the Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development and Jafaru Sani as the Commissioner for Local Government.

The governor also redeployed the Commissioner of Justice to environment, the Commissioner for Agriculture to Commerce and the Commissioner for Environment to the newly created Ministry of Stakeholders Relations.

“The commissioners swapping portfolios include Amina Sijuwade, moved from Ministry of Justice to Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, while Maigari Manzo moved from Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry to Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism.

“Shehu Balarabe moves from Ministry of Environment to become Commissioner, Stakeholder Relations, while Mohammed Bashir Saidu who is now Chief of Staff, relinquishes the office of Commissioner for Local Government.

“Rabi Abdulsalam, former Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, becomes Special Adviser on Social Development, while Shehu Adamu, former Commissioner of Commerce, Industry and Tourism, returns to academia,” said a statement released by the governor’s spokesman, Samuel Aruwan.

Governor El-Rufai also reassigned three special advisers namely: Uba Sani as Special Adviser, Political Matters and Intergovernmental Relations; Chris Umar, Deputy Chief of Staff is to become Solicitor-General, while Murtala Dabo, Special Adviser, Economic Matters, is appointed Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Works, Housing and Transport.

He further announced the appointment of eight new permanent secretaries.

They include Mohammed Shuaibu, Ministry of Health and Human Services; Chris Umar, Ministry of Justice; Rabilu Ibrahim, Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources; and Joseph Steven, Ministry of Local Government.

Also appointed as permanent secretaries were Habiba Shekarau, General Services, Office of the Secretary to the State Government (SSG); Lawrence Shemang, Ministry of Water Resources, Murtala Dabo, Ministry of Works, Housing and Transport; and Abdullahi Sani, Cabinet Affairs and Special Services, Office of the SSG.

Mr El-Rufai stated that five permanent secretaries have been redeployed as follows: Hauwa Umar, Ministry of Women and Social Development; Ibrahim Jere, Bureau of Establishments, Management and Training; Ibrahim Sambo, Ministry of Rural and Community Development; Nuhu Buzun, Public Service Office, Office of the Head of Service; and Aishatu Mohammed, Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism.

However, five other permanent secretaries have retired.

The governor thanked all members of the team for the successes the State Government has recorded so far and wished them good luck in their future endeavours.

Obiano Flags Off 20mln Naira Government Sponsored Community Projects

Obiano, Farming SeasonAnambra State governor, Willie Obiano, has flagged off projects worth 20 million Naira in two communities in the State.

Nnobi in Idemili South Local Government Area and Ukwulu in Dunukofia Local Government Area are pilot towns for the projects targeted at ensuring that people at the grassroots felt the impact of governance.

Earlier in a broadcast on the state’s plans to cushion the pain of the economic recession on the people, the Governor announced four stimulus packages of which the community gesture falls on infrastructure packages meant to address the collective need of communities.

The residents of the communities will choose the project, supervise and take ownership of it afterwards while the state government sponsors.

Nnobi community chose a 500 seating capacity Town Hall while Ukwulu community went for a 400 seating capacity Civic Centre which the Governor assured them would all be completed in four months, having fully mobilised the contractors.

Work has already commenced on site at Nnobi community in Idemili Local Government area under the 20 million Naira Choose-Your-Project Development Initiative of the state government.

According to the Governor, all the 179 communities in the state will benefit in the project.

He assured the residents of the communities that the contractor for Nnobi project had been mobilised.

On his part, the Commissioner for Local Government, Chieftaincy and Town Union Matters, Mr Greg Obi, said the project was a well thought out plan both in choice and implementation, as it was grassroots oriented.

The President General of Nnobi community, Mr Samuel Ofodile, also expressed gratitude to the Governor for immortalising his name with the signature project.

In Ukwulu in Dunukofia Local Government Area, excitement filled the air, as men and women sing the exploits of Governor Obiano in Anambra state within a short time.

The Governor assured them of speedy completion of the Civic Centre while they complement by taking ownership of it too.

The joy of women in the community knew no bound, as the project when completed would serve as a rallying point for the community as well as stimulate local economy for the community as revenue would be raised from activities like weddings and other social celebrations.

Niger State Governor Wades Into Pandogari Crisis

Niger State, Abubakar Bello, Beji ElectrificationThe Governor of Niger State, Abubakar Bello, has asked the people of Pandogori in Rafi Local government Area of Niger State to exercise restrain over the crisis that erupted in the community.

This call was contained in a statement by the spokesman for the Governor, Jibrin Baba Ndace.

The Governor advised residents of the community, the state and indeed the country to abstain from giving the incidence a religious or tribal coloration.

“It will be a disservice and an attempt to overheat the polity if the incidence in Pandogari is given religious or tribal colouration. We must exercise restraint in our actions as well as comments on traditional and online media. It is neither a religious or tribal crisis,” he stressed.

The Governor also expressed displeasure over the outcome of the incident, insisting that it was always better for various stakeholders to pursue the path of dialogue, consultation and peaceful resolution of any conflict, than resulting to violence.

“Pursuing the path of peace, dialogue is cheaper and safer than violence. Violence is a distraction and costly path in any society. That is why I always sue for peace in our communities across the state,” he stated.

Mr Bello emphasised that the State was known for peace and that the incidence in Pandogari was an isolated case of breakdown of law and order which security agencies had been directed to maintain law and order and to ensure protection of lives and property in line with their constitutional role.

“I have directed the security agencies to ensure that law and order is maintained within Pandogari and its environs. Any one person or group of persons found to be involved in any act capable of causing further crisis will be dealt with according to law,” he told reporters.

He said that the Niger State government had set up an investigative panel to establish immediate and remote causes of the crisis.

The Governor also directed top government officials to visit Pandogari for on the spot assessment of the crisis.

“I have directed Deputy Governor, Mr Mohammed Ahmed Ketso, Secretary to State Government, SSG, Alhaji Umar Shehu Danyaya, Commissioner of Finance, Mr Ibrahim Balarabe, Commissioner for Local Government, Mr Kabir Abbas, member , Niger State House of Assembly, representing the area, Danlami Bako to visit Pandogari today (Wednesday).

“Also to be part of the visit are Special Adviser Security, Brigadier General Imam rtd, Director General Niger State Emergency Management Agency, NSEMA, Mr Ibrahim Inga, Chairman Rafi Local government, Mr Gambo Abubakar Bojo, representative of Emir of Kagara, Galadima Kagara, Mr Abubakar Katako, representative of Brigade Commander, representative of Police Commissioner and other security agencies.

Governor Bello then assured Niger residents of his determination to ensure peace and security in the state and urged all stakeholders to support government’s resolve in that direction.