El-Rufai reshuffles cabinet, appoints new Perm Secs

Posted by Garba Ahmed, Kaduna | 21 February 2017 | 3,629 times

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Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai has effected a major cabinet reshuffle and appointed new permanent secretaries.

He also appointed Muhammad Bashir Sai’du as his Chief of Staff to fill in the vacuum created since Hadiza Bala Usman left for the Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA) as Managing Director. Saidu relinquished the office of Commissioner for Local Government.

A statement issued on Tuesday in Kaduna by Samuel Aruwan, Special Assistant to the Governor Media and Publicity, said the decision for the cabinet shakeup was taken during a meeting of the state executive council.

He said the comprehensive rejig of senior personnel includes the swapping of commissioners, the nomination of new commissioners, the appointment of new permanent secretaries and some retirements.

The commissioners swapping portfolios are as follows:
•Amina Dyeris-Sijuwade moves from the Ministry of Justice to the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources.

•Dr. Maigari Daniel Manzo moves from the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry to the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism.

•Shehu Balarabe moves from the Ministry of Environment to become Commissioner, Stakeholder Relations.

Rabi Abdulsalam, former Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, becomes Special Adviser on Social Development.

•Dr. Shehu Usman Adamu, former Commissioner of Commerce, Industry and Tourism, returns to the academia.

Aruwan said that the governor has also nominated four commissioners for confirmation by the Kaduna House of Assembly. They are:

•Umma Hikima, Clerk of the House of Assembly, as Commissioner of Justice/Attorney-General.

•Professor Kabiru Mato, currently Special Adviser, Intergovernmental Relations, as Commissioner of Agriculture and Forestry.

•Hafsat Baba as Commissioner of Women Affairs and Social Development.

•Jafaru Sani, Permanent Secretary Cabinet Affairs, as Commissioner for Local Government.

Three special advisers have been reassigned. Uba Sani is redesignated 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.

The State Government announced the appointment of eight new Permanent Secretaries, namely:

1. Mohammed Mahmoud Shuaibu: Ministry of Health and Human Services
2. Chris Umar: Ministry of Justice
3. Rabilu Shehu Ibrahim: Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources
4. Joseph Steven: Ministry of Local Government
5. Habiba Anana Shekarau: General Services, Office of the SSG
6. Lawrence Shemang: Ministry of Water Resources
7. Murtala Dabo: Ministry of Works, Housing and Transport
8. Abdullahi Sani: Cabinet Affairs and Special Services, Office of the SSG

Five Permanent Secretaries have been redeployed as follows:
•Hauwa Umar, Ministry of Women and Social Development
•Ibrahim Shehu Jere, Bureau of Establishments, Management and Training
•Ibrahim Sambo, Ministry of Rural and Community Development
•Nuhu Ishaku Buzun, Public Service Office, Office of the Head of Service
•Aishatu K. Mohammed, Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism

The following permanent secretaries have been retired:
1. Esther C. Tsuwang
2. Lukman Musa Soba
3. Victoria Galadima
4. Mamman Garba Senior
5. Mary Musa Sawok

“The Governor has, on behalf of the government, expressed appreciation for their services to the state,” the statement said.

Source: News Express

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