Plateau State Governor Simon Bako Lalong has sworn in 23 commissioners of the state executive council and three newly appointed permanent secretaries at the new Government House in Little Rayfield, Jos.
Lalong said his decision to dissolve his cabinet in early February was never an indictment or punitive measure to show his displeasure with the cabinet; rather, he said it was a period for the re-ordering of priorities and the strategic rethinking of the governance direction of his administration.
He said though the selection may not have served all shades of opinion, it had in the best of his estimation and fairness of judgement, “served the broad spectrum expectation of our citizens and the critical consideration of stakeholders whom we have entrusted the Rescue Project in their hands for the good of all, in the various constituencies that they represent.”
The governor stressed that he had ensured that constitutional representation by State Character is complied with, while special consideration for group interest and political balance which falls within his purview as Governor to exercise, have been exercised in limited instances for the collective good of the state.”
He said the newly appointed Permanent Secretaries would be assigned their Ministries by the Head of Civil Service.
The commissioners and their portfolios are as follows:
- · Yakubu Datti – Information;
- · Luka Madaki – Housing and Urban Development;
- · Chrisanthus Ahmadu – Attorney General;
- · Ezekiel Daju – Mineral Development;
- · Ahmad Muhammad Nazifi – Transport;
- · Tamwakat Weli – Tourism and Culture;
- · David Jafaru Wuyep -Water Resources and Energy;
- · Hitler Dadi -Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Affairs;
- · Usman Yakubu Idi -Commerce and Industry;
- · Victor Lapang – Youths and Sports and
- · Sylvester Wallangko -Economic Planning.
- · Abdullahi Garba Abbas – Environment,
- · Dayyabu Garga – Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs;
- · Kuden Deyin -Health;
- · Festus Fuanter -Lands and Survey;
- · Dan Manjang -Science and Technology;
- · Hosea Istifanus Finangwai -for Agriculture and Rural Development;
- · Bulus Bot – Physical Planning and Urban Development;
- · Anna Talatu Izam -Women Affairs and Social Development;
- · Pam Bot-Mang -Works;
- · Dakur Jude Eli -Secondary Education;
- · Regina Soemlat -Finance and
- · Elizabeth Wapmuk – Higher Education.