Kaduna governor appoints political adviser, statistician-general

Governor Nasir El-Rufai has presented the 2022 draft budget of N233 billion to Kaduna State House of Assembly.

Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, has made four strategic appointments in his bid to fill certain vacancies and invigorate the machinery of governance, as the administration inches to the final circle of its term.

The new appointments include that of the state’s Statistician-General, the Executive Secretary of Kaduna State Pilgrims Agency, Special Adviser, Political and Acting Director-General of Kaduna State Schools Quality Assurance Authority.

A statement issued by the Special Adviser on Media and Communication, Muyiwa Adekeye, listed Baba Bukar Alhaji as the new Statistician-General, Yusuf Yakubu Arrigasiyyu, as Executive Secretary of the Kaduna State Pilgrims Agency and Abdullahi Muhammad Ibrahim as Special Adviser, Political Matters. Adama Abdullahi Wada is the new Acting Director-General of the Kaduna State Schools Quality Assurance Authority

The statement said ‘’until his appointment, the new Statistician-General was a lecturer at the Department of Mathematical Sciences, Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna. He holds a PhD in Statistics from the University of Essex.’’

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According to Mr Adekeye, Mr Alhaji earned his first degree in Statistics from the University of Maiduguri and a master’s from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.

The new Special Adviser on Political Matters is a former chairman of the Interim Management Committee of Birnin Gwari Local Government Council, the statement added.

The Special Adviser on Media and Communication also said that the new Executive Secretary of the Kaduna Pilgrim Agency was most recently the Director, Policy and Transparency Division, at Kaduna Polytechnic.

He added that Mr Arrigasiyyu is also a former dean of the School of Health Sciences and Technology at Kaduna Polytechnic and was the provost of the Shehu Idris College of Health Sciences and Technology in Makarfi.

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The statement also said Mr Arrigasiyyu ‘’has for 15 years been a member of the National Hajj Monitoring and Support Team, where he monitored Hajj activities and recommended process improvements. He holds a doctorate in Community Health.’’

Mr Adekeye further said the new Director-General of Quality Assurance ‘’started her teaching career in 1991 and has worked as an academic administrator at various government secondary schools.

Ms Adama has also been a supervisor and examiner for the West African Examination Council, the statement said, adding that ‘’she worked as a quality assurance evaluator at the Chikun Local Government Education Quality Assurance Office.’’

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