By Amina Abdullahi Girbo
Bauchi State Governor Bala Mohammed has sworn-in and assigned portfolios to 24 commissioners and members of the State Executive Council.
The governor swore in the commissioners in Bauchi and advised them to reduce the cost of governance and fear God in the discharge of their assigned responsibilities, adding that they are not appointed to enrich themselves
Governor Bala told the commissioners to regularly visit their communities, establish trust and openness in the affairs of the government.
He said his administration advocates better performance, inclusiveness without compromising merit as well as restrategizing and redoubling efforts to providing more dividends of democracy to citizenry.
He also reminded them that although they have been chosen as representatives of their respective constituents, their appointment was based on competence, track record of performance, integrity, patriotism and commitment.
He urged the members of the State Executive Council to justify the confidence reposed on them by working hard to ensure the success of his New Bauchi Project 2 which was initially developed in the 20 local government areas with a view to improving lives of the citizen.
Governor Bala said the macro economic fundamentals and landscape generated revenue, adding that his administration will, in collaboration with the Federal Government provide more palliative to the citizens.
He said there should be mutual understanding, cooperation and synergy between the commissioners, permanent secretaries, principal officers and staff of their respective ministries, emphasized the need not to take the oath of allegiance as mere formalities.
He warned that no commissioner is better than the other, calling on them not to abuse offices by allowing their individual interests override official duties.
The governor said accountability and transparency will always be the guiding principles of his administration, saying collaboration with security agencies, stakeholders and traditional institutions is paramount and advised them to be accessible and committed.
Mohammed said consultation and adherence to team work is paramount.
The new commissioners and their ministries are: Maiwada Bello (Natural Resources), Ibrahim Gambo (Works and Transport), Mahmoud Babamaji Abubakar (Commerce and Industry), Danlami Ahmed Kawule (Housing and Environment) and Lydia Haruna Tsammani (Higher Education)
Others are Ahmed Sarki Jalam (Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs), Yakubu Ibrahim Hamza (Religious Affairs), Usman Santuraki (Information), Abdul Hassan (Culture and Tourism), Muhammad Salees (Youth and Sports Development), Yakubu Adamu (Finance and Economic Development), and Usman Abdulkadir Moddibo (Power, Science and Technology).
The rest are Hajara Jibrin Gidado (Women Affairs and Child Development), Farouk Mustapha (Rural Development and Special Duties), Hajara Yakubu Wanka (Humanitarian Affairs), Aminu Hammayo (Budget and Multilateral Affairs), Hassan El-Yakub SAN (Justice), Muhammad Hamisu Shira (Corporative, Small and Medium Enterprises), Simon Madugu (Agriculture), Abubakar Abdulhamid Bununu (Security and Internal Affairs), Jamila Muhammad Dahiru (Education), Dr. Adamu Umar Sambo (Health), Abdulrazak Nuhu Zaki (Water Resources) and Amina Muhammad Katagum (Land and Survey).
The State Chief Judge Justice Rabiu Talatu Umar presided over the exercise in accordance with the constitution of Federal Republic of Nigeria.