Kaduna — Former deputy Governor of Kaduna state, Alhaji Mukhtar Ramalan Yero has been sworn in as the governor of Kaduna state following the death of the state governor, Mr. Patrick Ibrahim Yakowa in an helicopter crash in Bayelsa state on Saturday.
The oath of office and that of allegiance were administered on Yero by the Kaduna state Chief Judge, Justice Rahila H. Cudjoe at the state's Government House around 1.10pm in the presence of hundreds of politicians.
Speaking shortly after he was sworn-in, Yero pledged to build on the good foundation laid by late Yakowa. He said the vision of late Yakowa was to secure, unite and develop Kaduna state.
" Sir Yakowa invested so much on this and started reaping the fruits of his labour. He wished to consolidate and advance on the achievement so far made and hence tagged the 2013 budget of the state ' Budget of consolidation and advancement' I sincerely desire to build on the good foundation that my boss has laid. I therefore covet your prayers for God's wisdom, guidance and direction," he prayed.
He added that: " We are living testimonies to the fact that our amiable Governor, Sir Yakowa who came, did serve humanity in various and diverse capacities well and has suddenly without notice returned to our creator. His humility, dedication to duty, fairness to all and his high sense of humour endeared him to many irrespective of religion, tribal or sectional differences," he said.
Daily Trust report that Yero was commissioner of Finance in Kaduna state before the death of President Umaru Musa Yar'Adua. When the then Governor of the state, Mohammed Namadi Sambo was picked by President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan as the Vice President, Yakowa moved up to Kaduna's Number one seat and afterwards, he picked Yero as the Deputy Governor.