Twenty-six days after assuming office, Governor Mukhtar Ramalan Yero of Kaduna state yesterday announced his first set of appointments.
The development witnessed the exit of Alhaji Lawal Samaila Yakawada as Secretary to the State Government. He was replaced by Malam Ishaq Hamza Dan-Mahawayi, who is also from Giwa local government area of Kaduna Central senatorial zone like Yakawada.
In a press release signed by the Commissioner of Information, Alhaji Sa’idu Adamu, the governor made four other appointments, including that of the Chief of Staff, Principal Private Secretary (PPS), Special Adviser on Political Affairs and Director General of Media and Publicity.
According to the statement, Yakawada Dan-Mahawayi was a one-time council chairman of Giwa local government area when Architect Namadi Sambo was governor of Kaduna state.
Yakawada was also chairman of the local government during the Senator Ahmed Makarfi-led administration in the state.
In 2011, Dan-Mahawayi contested for House of Representatives but was defeated by Alhaji Shamsudeen Ango Abdullahi of the CPC, who is Yakawada’s cousin.
Similarly, Alhaji Yahaya Aminu Abdullahi replaced Mr. Abokie Galadima as Chief of Staff.
Galadama was the late Governor Patrick Yakowa’s confidante and ex-President of Southern Kaduna Peoples Union (SOKAPU).
Yahaya, a two-term chairman of Zaria local government, who contested for House of Representatives but lost, was last week said to be appointed to the board of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA).
Not much is known about the new Principal Private Secretary (PPS), Alhaji Aliyu Samaila, who replaced Mr. Allah-Magani Yohana.
On the other hand, Madami Garba Madami, the new Special Adviser on Political Affairs, was chairman of Chukun local government area.
Malam Abdullahi Ahmed Maiyaki also replaced Mr. Reuben Buhari, the Senior Special Assistant to late Yakowa on Media and Publicity, as Director General. Maiyaki was a correspondent of Radio France International in Kaduna.
According to the statement, Mr. Nathaniel Hayab remains the Head of Service. All the appointments took immediate effect.
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