KADUNA State Governor, Malam Nasir El-Rufai on Monday reshuffled the state executive council cabinet and reassigned new portfolios to some commissioners and senior government officials in the state.

According to the Special Adviser to the governor on Media and Communication, Muyiwa Adekeye, the reshufflement was designed “to help harness fresh energy for the government’s final lap, bring new insights and enable the commissioners to have more rounded experience of the government.”

14 commissioners swapped portfolios while those  in the ministries of Finance, Justice, Health, Housing and Urban Development, Internal Security and Home Affairs and Human Services and Social Development were not affected by the change.

Muhammad  Abdullahi, the Chief of Staff to the governor was redeployed  to the Planning and Budget Commission, the responsibility he held  during El-Rufai’s first term.

It is the second time that a chief of staff to the governor was being reassigned as Commissioner.

According to the governor’s aide, the new portfolios for the commissioners being reassigned are Jaafaru Sani as Commissioner of Environment; Thomas Gyang, Commissioner of Public Works and Infrastructure,   Halima Lawal, Commissioner of Education, Ibrahim Hassaini as Agriculture.

Others are Shehu Usman Muhammad as  Commissioner of Local Government,  Kabir Mato as Commissioner of Business, Innovation & Technology  as well as Idris Nyam as Commissioner of Sports Development.

The statement titled, ‘Gov. El-Rufai reshuffles cabinet,’ said following the passage of the law creating the metropolitan authorities to manage Kaduna, Kafanchan and Zaria as organic cities, the governor nominated three   cabinet-rank administrators.

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They include: Balaraba Aliyu-Inuwa   as     Administrator, Zaria Metropolitan Authority, Muhammad Hafiz Bayero as   Administrator, Kaduna Capital Territory while Phoebe Yayi is  Administrator, Kafanchan Municipal Authority.

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