Niger reshuffles cabinet, appoints 7 new commissioners

Following the swearing-in of seven commissioners, the Niger state governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani, Bello has reshuffled his cabinet and redeployed three commissioners to other ministries.

A statement issued by Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Ahmed Ibrahim Matane, on Thursday said Governor Sani Bello also assigned portfolios to the newly inaugurated commissioners who took their oath of office at the state council chamber on Wednesday, May 18.

He listed the seven newly inaugurated commissioners and their portfolios as Dr. Daniel H. Galadima, Environment and Forestry; Hon. Yusuf Mohammed Gunu, Agriculture and Rural Development; Alhaji Muhammad Usman Tinau, Finance, and Hon. Abraham Umaru, Mineral Resources.

Others include Muhammad Sani Lafiya, Youth and Sports Development, Hon. Abbas Kabiru Musa, Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs and Dr. Emmanuel Musa Umaru, Information and Strategy, the statement disclosed.

Those redeployed according to the SSG include Alhaji Zakari Abubakar, moved from the Ministry of Finance to Niger State Planning Commission, Hajiya Ramatu M. Yar’adua, moved from Ministry of Transport to the Ministry of Investment, Commerce and Industry and Barr. Mohammed Tanko Zakari moved from the Ministry of Environment to the Ministry of Transport.

He explained that nine commissioners retained their portfolios. They are Hon. Yusuf Suleiman Liman, Water Resources and Dams Development; Hon. Mamman Musa, Works and Infrastructure; Mrs. Rifkatu Chidawa, Tourism and Culture; Prof. Abubakar Baba Aliyu, Tertiary Education, Science and Technology; and Hajiya Hannatu Jibrin Salihu, Education.

Others were Barr. Nasara Danmallam, Justice; Hon. Tasallah Fati Ibrahim, Women Affairs and Social Development; Hon. Haruna Nuhu Dukku, Livestock and Fisheries Development and Dr. Muhammad M. Makusidi, Health.

According to the SSG, “Governor Sani Bello has approved the creation of the new Ministry of Internal Security and Humanitarian Affairs to be headed by Hon. Emmanuel Umar while the new commissioner of Youth and Sports, Muhammad Sani Lafiya will oversee the Ministry of Lands and Housing pending the appointment of a substantive commissioner.”

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