…no commissioner sacked
By Najem Francis, Sokoto
Contrary to expectations, Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal has announced a major cabinet reshuffle but it only involved assigning portfolios to four recently appointed commissioners and the reassignment of nine others to different ministries.
For quite some time now speculations have been rife in the state that a cabinet shakeup was in the offing that would involve a total replacement of some commissioners who were seen as non-performing.
The statement issued by Tambuwal’s spokesman, Malam Imam Imam, explained that the little delay in assigning portfolios to the four new cabinet members was due to the budget defence by various ministries at the state legislature.
“All commissioners and other heads of parastatals have successfully concluded their budget defence and the House of Assembly have now passed the 2018 budget,” the statement stated.
It added: “In a bid to re-energise the work of government and bring new impetus to service delivery, Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal has assigned portfolios to Professor Aishatu Madawaki, Hon Ahmad Barade Wamakko, Hon Garba Yakubu Tsitse and Hon Bello Isa Ambarura who were recently sworn-in as members of the Sokoto Executive Council. They will be in charge of the ministries of Basic and Secondary Education, Social Welfare, Youths and Sports; and lastly Commerce, Industries, Trade and Investment respectively.
“Dr. Muhammed Jabbi Kilgori has been moved from the ministry of Basic and Secondary Education to that of Higher Education, Barrister Bello Goronyo is now the commissioner in the newly-established ministry for Energy, Musa Ausa Gidan Madi is now in charge of the ministry of Solid Minerals while Hon Mani Maishinku Katami is the new commissioner in the ministry for Rural Development.
Abdullahi Maigwandu is now in charge of the Ministry of Religious Affairs, Surajo Gatawa redeployed to the Ministry of Science and Technology, Isa S. Achida is now in the Ministry of Information while Abdulkadir Jeli Abubakar 111 is the new Commissioner of Home Affairs.
According to the statement Aminu Bello Sokoto has also been redeployed to be the Commissioner of Special Duties.
Governor Tambuwal urged them to put priority on service delivery to the people, the statement added.