By Yusuf Idris, Kaduna,
Kaduna State Governor,Malam Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai has sworn-in 13 new Commissioners to head ministries as he continues to appoint officials in his second term mandate.
The Governor however, vowed to fire any of them that fails to meet up with his desire to ensure good governance to people in the state, part of which is to submit quarterly report of the ministry.
El Rufai however, said the ministry of health will in the time being, be overseeing by the deputy governor, Hadiza Balarabe.
He said the commissioners are appointed not based on the local government they come from but because they have been tested and found capable to work for the State.
“I know that some of you are qualified and big enough to be ministers but you decided to serve your State. I therefore urge your family members to cooperate with you and give you enough space to concentrate on your works”.
He urged the Commissioners to report immediately to their respective ministries from the venue of the swearing in ceremony.
Governor El-Rufai had nominated 14 cabinet members to the State House of Assembly, but nominee for the Ministry of Agriculture, Aliyu Jafaru was rejected by the law makers over his consistent criticism of the El-Rufai’s administration since 2017.
The remaining 13 were however sworn-in amidst jubilation inside the council chamber at the Goverment House Kaduna.
El-rufai said, “we have appointed our commissioners to represent and work for the entire state. We chose insiders so that they can hit the ground running. That is why you can see so many familiar faces, selected for their sound education, solid experience and capacity. I thank members of the Executive Council that served from 2015-2019. We chose to refresh the team so that other colleagues can bring in their experience from other parts of the government into the Executive Council. In fact, some of our appointees are too big to be commissioners, but we thank them for agreeing to serve. Afterall, Kaduna comes first!
“The new commissioners must quickly settle in and deliver results. Each of you will receive and adhere to job descriptions that will be followed by Key Performance Indicators and Performance Agreements. Every Commissioner must in turn sign KPIs and Performance Agreements with the top management of their ministries. All are subject to strict quarterly reviews, because we must maximise the short time left to deliver service for our people.
“Family members and associates must realise that the commissioners would need their support. We thank you for the sacrifice you would make, but we urge you not to pressurize them. Genuine public service is a call to duty and we must all account to the Almighty!
“With today’s event, we have formed the apex of the government. But the full government is still emerging. More appointments are coming. We recently dissolved all boards and will soon begin appointing new board members.
“Permit me to put on record our immense gratitude to the Kaduna State House of Assembly for the prompt confirmation and scrutinization of our commissioners. We note that the House was unable to confirm one of our nominees, and we would shortly be proposing a a replacement.
“Much is expected from the new Kaduna State Executive Council and much must be delivered for the benefit of our people. May God bless Kaduna State and the Federal Republic of Nigeria”.
The Commissioners sworn-in are:
Ja’afaru Ibrahim Sani, Ministry of Local Government Affairs; Idris Samaila Nyam, Ministry of Business, Innovation & Technology; Shehu Usman Makarfi, Ministry of Education; Ibrahim Garba Hussaini, Ministry of Environment & Natural Resources; Kabir Muhammad Mato, Ministry of Sports Development; Balaraba Aliyu-Inuwa, Ministry of Public Works & Infrastructure and Samuel Peter Aruwan, Ministry of Internal Security & Home Affairs.
Others include, Fausat Adebola Ibikunle, Ministry of Housing & Urban Development, Mohammed Bashir Saidu, Ministry of Finance; Hafsat Mohammed Baba, Ministry of Human Services & Social Development; Aisha Dikko, Ministry of Justice; Mr. Thomas Gyang, Commissioner for Planning and Budget; Alhaji Hassan Mahmud, Commissioner in the governor’s office for Riots, Damage, Rehabilitation and Resettlement.