Governor Abba Yusuf of Kano State has increased the number of his aides to 81 with the appointment of 52 new ones to fill the position of Special Advisers, Senior Special Assistants (SSA) and Special Assistants (SA).
A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Sanusi Bature, said the fresh appointments of 42 SSAs and SAs were part of the governor’s “efforts to reposition public service and ensure the involvement of youth in running the affairs of his government.”
According to Daily Trust, the portfolios assigned to the new appointees include Cooperative Groups, Public Mobilisation for each of the senatorial zones Information Communication Technology (ICT), Medical Outreach, Print Media, Publicity, Project Monitoring, Consumer Protection, Business Development and Motor Parks.
Other portfolios include Market, Street Lights, Engagement with Artistes (Mawallafa), Kannywood Affairs, GSM Market, Islamiyya Schools, Security, Military Affairs, Petroleum Products Marketers Affairs, Rural Women Mobilisation, Women Enlightenment, Radio, Intergovernmental and Foreign Affairs, Girl Child Education, Special Duties I, Special Duties II, Marshalls and Party Marshalls.
Bature stated, “The appointments take effect immediately, all appointees are expected to discharge their responsibilities with the highest level of commitment and dedication.”
In another statement announcing the appointments of 10 Special Advisers, Bature said the appointments were in fulfilment of the governor’s campaign promises to place credible people in the affairs of his government.
The new special advisers and their portfolios are Garba Dirbunde (Local Government Affairs), Wakili Aliyu Garko (Diaspora Matters), Air Commodore Yusha’u Salisu Tudunwada Wada, Rtd. (Joint Security Services), Musa Ado Tsamiya (Drainages), and Gwani Musa Falaki (Religious Affairs II).
Others are Dr. Sulaiman Wali Sani mni (Civil Service Matters), Prof. Auwalu Arzai (Higher Education), Ahmad Sawaba (Wildlife Conservation), Tajuddeen Gambo (Education) and Baba Abubakar Umar (Private and Voluntary Schools).
“The appointments were based on merit, loyalty and commitment to serve the good people of Kano state,” he added.
Governor Yusuf on June 16 announced the appointment of 14 aides, including seven SSAs, three SAS and four Personal Assistants. Also on July 18, he appointed 15 Special Advisers.