Ahmed Usman Ododo, who formally took over from Yahaya Bello as Governor of Kogi State on Saturday, January 27, has promised that his government signalled a new era in the state
Swearing-in the new commissioners and other aides whom he appointed on the same day he became Governor, Ododo charged them to be exemplary in the discharge of their duties and to prioritize loyalty and dedication to the state.
He acknowledged support of the people of the state even as he promised not to disappoint them going forward.
The commissioners who were sworn-in today are as follows:
Kingsley OlorunFemi Fanwo (Commissioner for Information and Communication)
Wemi Jones (Commissioner for Education, Science, and Technology)
Asiwaju Asiru Idris (Commissioner for Finance, Budget and Economic Planning)
Muzi Yinusa Abdullahi (Athony-General and Commissioner for Justice)
Salami Ozigi-Deedat (Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftacy Affairs)
Basiru Abubakar Gegu (Solid Minerals and Natural Resources)
Joseph Oluwasegun Stephen (Commissioner for Environmental Affairs)
Rabiatu Okute (Commissioner for Women Affairs)
Mohammed Yusuf, Timothy Ojoma (Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs)
Sunday Faleke (Commissioner for Special Duties)
Mohammed Abdulmutalib (Commissioner for Rural Development).
Other appointed aides are:
Ali Bello (Chief of Staff to the Governor)
Hilary Ojoma (Deputy Chief of Staff)
Elijah Evinemi (Head of service)
Jerry Omodara (State Security Adviser)
Isah Ismail +Special Adviser on Media)
Sulaiman Ibrahim (Director General, Protocol)
Oladele John Nihi (Chief Press Secretary)
Shaibu Oricha (Director General, Government House Administration)
Femi Adegboyega (State Legal Adviser)
Governor Ododo said that the commissioners were carefully selected based on their track records and contributions to the victory of the new government in the last governorship polls.
The Acting Solicitor General and Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Justice, Falilat Musa, administered the oaths of office, allegiance and secrecy on the commissioners.
The Governor had earlier retained Yahaya Bello’s Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Dr. Folashade Arike Ayoade.