Governor Al-Makura drops 9 commissioners in cabinet reshuffle

Governor Al-Makura drops 9 commissioners in cabinet reshuffle

- Nine commissioners in Nasarawa state have been sacked by the governor

- Umaru Al-Makura also sacked two special advisers in a fresh cabinet reshuffle

- It was gathered that the governor's move is aimed at enabling the affected persons focus on their political aspirations in the 2019 general elections

Governor Umaru Al-Makura of Nasarawa state, on Sunday, July 29, relieved nine commissioners and two special advisers of their appointments in a cabinet shuffle.

The secretary to the state government, Mohammed Abdullahi, disclosed this in a statement in Lafia.

Abdullahi said the cabinet reshuffle was to enable the affected persons to focus on their political aspirations in the 2019 general elections and for others to pursue their goals.

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The statement listed affected commissioners as Abdulhamid Kwarra of Ministry of Environment and Solid Minerals; Gabriel Aka’Ka, Ministry of Water Resources and Rural Development and Mary Enwongulu of Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development.

Also affected were Bamaiyi Anagba, youth and sports development; Daniel Iya, health; Yusuf Shehu Usman, Information, culture and tourism; and Sonny Agassi, lands and physical planning.

Others were Mohammed Yahaya, Ministry of Works, Housing and Transport and Tanko Zubair, ministry of commerce, industry and cooperatives.

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The statement also indicated that six commissioners retained their jobs, but with Jamil Zakari moved from Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources to Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism.

The special advisers who lost their jobs were Hajarat Ibrahim Danyaro, Gender Relations, Rehabilitation and Disabilities and Ado Mohammed of Community-Based Relations/Conflict Resolution and Management.

The statement revealed that former special adviser to the governor on security, Lt.-Gen. Mohammed Adeka (retd), would henceforth handle Community-Based Relations/Conflict Resolution and Management.

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“Meanwhile, Governor Umaru Al-Makura, on behalf of the people of Nasarawa state, profoundly thank the outgoing commissioners and special advisers for their services and wishes them success in their future endeavours,” it said.

Meanwhile, previously reported that Al-Makura had announced his ambition to run for Senate in 2019.

The governor dismissing fear that the ruling party will loose elections, said the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will cease to exist in the state by 2019.

Al-Makura said he has been under pressure by his party men and people from his senatorial zone to represent them at the National Assembly.

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