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El-Rufai Nominates 13 Commissioners

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BEVERLY HILLS, July 29, (THEWILL) – Kaduna State Governor, Mr. Nasiru El-Rufai, has nominated 13 commissioners in a letter to the State House of Assembly.

A statement by his spokesman, Samuel Aruwan, said one of the nominees is Muhammed Sani Abdullahi, a Special Adviser on designing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Mr. Ban-ki-Moon.

Abdullahi was nominated as Commissioner for Budget and Planning.

“In a letter to Hon. Aminu Shagali, Speaker of the Kaduna State House of Assembly, El-Rufai requested the legislators to consider and approve his nominees.

“The governor also attached the indicative portfolios of the nominees in the interest of a transparent screening process, Aruwan said in the statement.

“The nominees are – Prof. Jonathan Andrew Nok (Health and Human Services), Hajiya Rabi M.G. Abdulsalam (Women Affairs and Social Development), Engr. Suleiman Aliyu Lere (Water Resources), Muhammed Sani Abdullahi (Budget and Planning), Dr. Manzo Daniel Maigari (Agriculture and Forestry) and Muhammad Bashir Saidu (Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs).

“Others include Hon. Suleiman Abdu Kwari (Finance), Dr. Shehu Usman Adamu (Education, Science and Technology), Dr. Ya'u Usman Idris (Environment and Natural Resources), Hon. Daniel Auta (Youth, Sport and Culture), Shehu Balarabe (Commerce, Industry and Tourism), Amina Ruth Dyeris-Sijuwade (Justice) and Usman Mahmud Hassan (Works, Housing and Transport).

“Jonathan Andrew Nok, the nominee for the Health and Human Services portfolio, is a professor of Biochemistry at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. Born in 1962, he won the Nigerian National Merit Award in 2010 and is the author of several highly-rated publications. He is from Jaba local government area.

“Hajiya Rabi M.G. Abdulsalam, the nominee for the Women Affairs and Social Development portfolio, was born in 1969. She holds a Master's in Public Administration. She has previously served as special assistant to two governors of the state. She is from Kaduna North.

“Engr. Suleiman Aliyu Lere is nominated for the Water Resources ministry. Born in 1968, he holds a Master's in Civil Engineering. He has worked in the business and banking sectors. He is from Lere.

“Muhammed Sani Abdullahi is nominated for the Budget and Planning ministry. Born in 1979, he holds two master's degrees, one in Development Economics and Policy, the other in International Affairs and Diplomacy. Widely known as Dattijo, he was most recently working at the United Nations where he was an adviser to the Secretary General Ban-ki-Moon on designing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which will be replacing the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) later this year.

“Dattijo has worked as an Economic Adviser to the Nigeria Governors' Forum and as an adviser to Hajia Amina Mohammed while she was Senior Special Assistant to the President on MDGs. He is from Kaduna North,” the statement added.