By Aliyu Dangida
Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara on Monday inaugurated members of the state Executive Council, along with five new Permanent Secretaries and a member of the Civil Service Commission.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that among the portfolios are two Persons Living With Disabilities (PLWDs) as Permanent Secretaries.
Speaking on the development, Malam Rafiu Ajakaye, the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, described it as another marked show of AbdulRazaq’s inclusive policy that is meant to mobilize every segment of the society for collective growth.
According to him, the cabinet contains some 50 percent of each gender, boasting “as of today, Kwara has the highest number of female commissioners in the country”.
He stated that the governor announced Abdulkadir Mahe, a prince of Ilorin Emirate and former Permanent Secretary, as the new Secretary to the State Government (SSG).
“Mahe, from Ilorin South, holds a Master of Business Administration, a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Administration, Higher National Diploma in Marketing, and Ordinary National Diploma.
“He was variously educated at LGEA Bode Sa’adu Primary School in Bode Sa’adu; Government High School, Ilorin; Kaduna Polytechnic; Kwara State Polytechnic; and the University of Calabar.
“He is an accomplished bureaucrat who retired as a permanent secretary and a Clerk of the Kwara State House of Assembly, and a part-time lecturer at Federal Training Centre, Ilorin,” said Ajakaiye.
He stated further that the governor swore in Jamila Bake, a former commissioner, as a Permanent Member of the state Civil Service Commission. She represents Kwara North at the statutory body.
In a related development, Ajakaiye explained that the governor had a brief inaugural meeting with the new SSG and commissioners while charging them to work as a team and be responsive and mindful of the public good in their duties.
“AbdulRazaq urged cabinet members to pore over the different projects and assignments in their ministries and advise on areas that need improvement, adding specifically that the government will change how road projects are designed in the state for better quality.”
He underscored the need to review rates to reflect the current realities, attract Grade-A contractors, and greatly improve the quality of project delivery and value for money.
AbdulRazaq said their choice as cabinet members and public servants is a product of wide consultations, merit, and careful consideration for public good.
He congratulated them for being part of his new team who are entrusted to work for the public good.