- Governor Zulum has appointed a new chief of staff, Professor Isa Hussaini Marte
- Professor Marte was appointed following the death of Dr Babagana Wakil
- Until his latest appointment, Professor Marte was the state's commissioner for higher education
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The governor of Borno state, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum, has approved the appointment of Professor Isa Hussaini Marte as his new chief of staff.
Marte's appointment was announced on Wednesday evening, August 12, by the governor‘s spokesman, Isa Gusau.
According to the statement posted on the governor's official Facebook page, the new chief of staff was the state's commissioner for higher education until his latest appointment.
Legit.ng notes that the chief of staff's position became vacant following the death of Dr Babagana Wakil on Wednesday, July 1.
Having emerged as the new chief of staff, Prof Marte is to handover to Dr Babagana Mustapha Mallumbe, whose new ministry will be Higher education, Science, Technology and Innovation.
Governor Zulum explained that the merger of the two ministries is in line with the administration’s public service reforms.
Marte, the incoming chief of staff, is a professor of pharmacology with a specialty in cancer research and is a fellow of the Nigerian Academy of Science.
“Zulum’s choice of Professor Isa Hussaini Marte is in recognition of his proven capacity, strong passion for development, unbending principles that align with the governor’s, and above all, his proven integrity,” the statement read.
As the chief of staff, Prof Marte is expected to work round the clock to efficiently coordinate all affairs of the government house. He will be sworn-in on Monday, August 17.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Governor Zulum met with both the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok Ekwe Ibas and the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Baba Abubakar on Tuesday, August 11.
The meeting was part of the series of engagements scheduled for the governor's ongoing official visit to Abuja.
Zulum discussed security issues in Borno state with the service heads in separate meetings which were held at Air Force and Naval headquarters in Abuja.
The governor first held a closed-door meeting with Vice Admiral Ibas at the Naval headquarters, after which he called for the deployment of more naval personnel to Borno.
In other news, a civil society organisation, Coalition for Truth and Justice (CTJ), on Monday, August 3, called for an urgent probe into the alleged attack on the convoy of the Borno state governor by suspected Boko Haram terrorists.
The coalition urged the Nigerian military to investigate and make public, its findings on what transpired while the governor was on a trip to Monguno and Baga for the distribution of food to some Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).
Charles Timothy, CTJ's national coordinator, in a statement, said conflicting reports suggest that there could be more to the incident which took place on Wednesday, July 29.
Also warning that such conflicting reports could undermine the efforts of the Nigerian military in the fight against terrorism ravaging the northeast, Timothy said there is a tendency for the general public to fall victim to the propaganda of the Boko Haram terrorist group.
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