Leadership (Abuja)

14 February 2013

Nigeria: Cabinet Reshuffle Imminent in Niger

There is likely going to be a major cabinet reshuffle in Niger State as the state governor, Dr Muazu Babangida Aliyu yesterday sent names of nine commissioner nominees to the state House of Assembly.

The governor, in a letter dated Feb 12, 2013, and addressed to the speaker of the state assembly, Adamu Usman, gave the names of the new commissioners to include his chief of staff, Prof Yahaya Kuta, and secretary to the state government, Mr Daniel Shashere.

Others were the state head of Service, Ahmed Ibrahim Matane, Joshua Nuhu Bawa, and the state focal persons for MDGs, Umar Mohammed Nasko, Mohammed Bashar Nuhu, Mahmoud Kpako Bello, Barr Abbas Bello, and Abdullahi Mamman.

The governor, in the letter, also sought the approval of the House of Assembly to appoint six new special advisers.

The letter read to the House plenary yesterday by the state assembly speaker Adamu Usman also stated that the governor had ensured that Section 14 of the Constitution was complied with in the composition of the executive council.

The chairman, Assembly Committee on Information, Ahmed Bello, speaking to journalist after the House plenary session, gave the assurance that the Assembly would be thorough in screening the nominees.

According to him the screening of the nominees would not be used to witch hunt any nominee; rather it would be done to ensure that only persons of proven integrity were cleared to serve as commissioners in the state.

Bello said that the Assembly had given approval for the governor's request to appoint six special advisers to fast track governmental activities.

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