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el-Rufai increases women slots in cabinet

By Bridget SAMUEL, Kaduna

IBRAHEEM SHEHU Musa, a member  of the Transition Committee and APC Campaign Council, has been named  Special Assistant on Media and  Publicity while Alhaji  Ashiru Zuntu, who served in the present  administration in the first term, is Special Assistant- Community Relations, by Governor el-Rufai

A statement from the Governor’s office further listed Rabi Musa Manchi,  who was a member of the Campaign Council, as  Special Assistant on Legal Matters, so is Mahmud Mahmud Aminu.

He also appoints two female  Special Advisers into his government as part of his efforts towards gender inclusion, bringing the number of women Special Advisers in his cabinet to 11.

A statement signed by Mr Muyiwa Adekeye, the Special Adviser on Media and Communication  said that Mrs. Stella Amako and Hajiya Zainab Shehu have been named Special Advisers  for Community Relations and Social Development, respectively.

Adekeye further said that  the new Special Advisers are among the 17 officials that were appointed on Tuesday for the active roles that they  played  in the Kaduna State Chapter of All Progressives Congress(APC) 2019 Campaign Council and the Transition Committee.

The statement also noted that some of the appointees   were officials in the Kaduna State APC executive.

According to the statement, the new appointees include Hon  Aliyu Haruna, a former member of Kaduna State House of Assembly, who is  Senior Special Assistant on Youths and Hon  Ibrahim Ismail, Senior Special Assistant on Community Relations, also an ex state legislator .

The rest appointees are Hajiya  Hafsat Aminu Ashiru, Senior Special Assistant -Administration, Office of the Deputy Governor, Alhaji Nazir Sanusi, the Special Assistant in charge of ICT,  who was an aspirant to the Kaduna State House of Assembly.

Secretary of Kaduna state APC,   Mohammed Bello Shuaibu, is now Senior Special Assistant on  Stakeholder Relations, the statement added. Governor El Rufai’s  Special Adviser also named  Kamal Aliagan, as Special Assistant on Public Communication, in the Office of the Deputy Governor.

Adekeye also named Yakubu Yatai, the present Publicity Secretary  of Kaduna state APC,  as Special Assistant on Community Relations.

The statement also mentioned Aminu Lawal Na-Anty as  the new Special Assistant-Youths. Na-Anty was a member of the APC Campaign Council. Former Technical Assistant to the Commissioner of Local Government, Sonia Bature, is now Special Assistant on Environment.

The new Special Assistant on Environment is  Sakinat Bello, the statement said, adding that ‘’as a youth corper, her feisty question at the KDSG SDG Conference in January 2019 earned her an instant job offer which has now been redeemed.’’

According to the statement, Arch Mohammed Jalal has been  nominated as a commissioner in the Fiscal Responsibility Commission, adding that the nominee  served as Director, Social Media in the APC Campaign Council and was a member of the Transition Committee.

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