Augustine Okezie, Katsina
The Katsina State House of Assembly on Wednesday cleared 17 Commissioner Nominees including President Muhammad Buhari’s Sister Hajia Rabi Atu Mohammed from Daura, submitted to it by Governor Aminu Bello Masari, for appointment as Commissioners.
The Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Alhaji Tasiu Musa Maigari charged the newly confirmed commissioners to draw on their wealth of experiences and the trust reposed in them by the Governor to contribute to the rapid development of the state.
The Nation reports that the confirmation process which saw the 17 candidates divided into three groups of 6 each for Monday and Tuesday screening with the remaining 5 screened and confirmed yesterday, thus bringing the total to 17
Amongst those confirmed include former Speaker of the Assembly Alhaji Umar Gwojogwojo who is also the Chairman of National Association of Nigerian farmers Katsina zone. He is tipped to the portfolio of Commissioner for Agriculture
Others include: Dr. Rabe Nasir former Special Adviser on Science and Technology, Engineer Yakubu Nuhu Danja,a former house of representatives aspirant and staunch member of the All progressive congress, APC in the state
Several of the first term commissioners were re-appointed including Engineer Tasiu Dandagoro of Ministry of Works and Housing, Hamza Suleiman Faskari of Environment, Mustapha Kanti Bello of Ministry of lands and Survey and others
Some citizens that gathered at the State House of Assembly to witness the exercise, however, expressed shock at the re-appointment of Hamza Suleiman Faskari pointing to his poor handling of the 2018 Jibia flood disaster and the fact that he is not easily accessible in his office by the populace
Meanwhile the State House of Assembly last Monday amended the law on Local government thereby extending the tenure of Care- Taker- Committee- Chairmen whose tenure expires Thursday October 31 to another 6 months
It is not however clear when the state will organize its Local Government Elections, which had remained elusive since the inception of Governor Aminu Bello Masari’s administration