- Ahead of his inauguration, the Kogi governor, Yahaya Bello, has dissolved the state's executive council
- The governor dissolved the executive council during a valedictory session in Kogi state
- Governor Bello urged the council members to remain committed to the development process of Kogi state
The governor of Kogi state, Yahaya Bello, on Wednesday, December 18, dissolved the state executive council ahead of his second term inauguration scheduled to hold on January 27, 2020.
The governor, during a valedictory session, commended the members of the council for their contributions to the development of the state since the inception of his administration, The Nation reports.
Further appreciating the council, the governor said the actualisation of the 'New Direction' was a product of their collective efforts and determination to take Kogi state to a greater height.
Bello said: “I want to express my profound gratitude to all of you. I recognize and appreciate your commitment to the service of our dear state. You all have contributed immensely to the social contract we had with our people about four years ago."
Wishing the members of the council the best in their endeavours and all other political aspiration in future, Bello urged them to remain committed to the development of the state.
Bello, who also retained some of the council members and appointed some new ones, said: "Your tremendous contributions are highly appreciated and I make bold to say that you all have done well in the discharge of your duties."
The officials retained include Secretary to the State Government, Folashade Ayoade Arike; Bello's Chief of Staff, Jamiu Abdullareem Asuku; chief press secretary to the governor, Onogwu Muhammed and the state security adviser, Jerry Omodara.
Others are the Head of Service, Deborah Ogunmola; Accountant General of Kogi State, Jibrin Momoh; state auditor-general, Yusuf Okala; local government auditor general, Usman Ododo and the deputy chief of staff, Sunday Faleke.
Also, the appointments of Sani Ibrahim Mohammed (SAN) as special adviser on legal matters; Idris Asiwaju Asiru as special adviser on finance, budget and economic planning and David Apeh as special adviser on agriculture was announced by the governor.
While Saka Haruna Audu, was appointed as special adviser on health; Abubakar Ohere, as special adviser on local government and chieftaincy affairs and Kingsley Fanwo as special adviser on information and communication strategy.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Bello had earlier sacked some of his aides shortly after winning the November 16, governorship election in the state.
The governor terminated the appointment of most of the aides who were his special advisers and special assistants.
The sacked aides were also directed to hand over to the most senior civil servant in their ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs).
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