Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State has appointed his spokesman, Samuel Aruwan as commissioner of the newly created Ministry of Internal Security and Home Affairs.
Aruwan’s name is among the first batch of 11 Commissioner nominees that were sent to the State House of Assembly for confirmation.
A statement released by the governor’s office on Wednesday, says three more nominees will be subsequently forwarded to the Assembly for screening and, thereby bringing the number of commissioners that will constitute the Kaduna State Executive Council to 14.
The statement further said that upon confirmation by the legislature, the commissioners will run the 14 ministries created in the June 2019 Executive Order.
“Malam Nasir El-Rufai nominated 11 persons for appointment as commissioners. The names of this first batch of 11 nominees have been forwarded to the Kaduna State House of Assembly.
The second batch of the nominees will subsequently be forwarded for the consideration of the legislature. All the 11 nominees served in various positions in the first term of the government,” the statement read in part.
The statement added that the action of picking insiders for the appointments is a deliberate decision to enable the nominees to hit the ground running and assist the government to achieve its targets for the second term.
It added that every appointee will be subjected to stronger monitoring based on clear terms of reference and key performance indicators.
The first batch of 11 nominees for and their proposed portfolios include Ja’afaru Ibrahim Sani, Ministry of Local Government Affairs; Idris Samaila Nyam, Ministry of Business, Innovation and Technology; Shehu Usman Makarfi, Ministry of Education; Ibrahim Garba Hussaini, Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources.
Kabir Muhammad Mato, Ministry of Sports Development; Balaraba Aliyu-Inuwa, Ministry of Public Works and Infrastructure; Samuel Peter Aruwan, Ministry of Internal Security and Home Affairs; Fausat Adebola Ibikunle, Ministry of Housing and Urban Development.
Mohammed Bashir Saidu, Ministry of Finance; Hafsat Mohammed Baba, Ministry of Human Services and Social Development; Aisha Dikko, Ministry of Justice
Nominations for the commissioners of Agriculture, Health and Planning and Budget will be forwarded in the second batch.
Ja’afaru Ibrahim Sani served as a commissioner in the ministries of Local Government and Education in the first-term. Prior to joining the Kaduna State Executive Council, he was Permanent Secretary Cabinet Affairs.
“Idris Samaila Nyam is the current Accountant-General of the State. He has served as Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Finance.
“Shehu Usman Makarfi is the current Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health.
“Ibrahim Garba Hussaini is the pioneer Director-General of the Kaduna State Geographic Information Service (KADGIS).
“Kabir Muhammad Mato, a professor of Political Science, has served as commissioner of Agriculture and Local Government. He joined the government as Special Adviser, Inter-Governmental Relations.”