Minna - Gov. Babangida Aliyu of Niger on Monday announced the appointment of a former Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Idris S. Ndako as the new Secretary to the State Government (SSG).
The appointment is contained in a statement issued in Minna by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Danladi Ndayebo.
The statement also announced the appointment of the Permanent Secretary of Niger State Law Reform Commission, Abbas Bello as the new Head of the state’s civil service.
Mr Joshua Bawa, the Director General in charge of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) office, had been appointed as the new Chief of Staff, by the governor.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that a former legislator in the state, Mohammed S. Usman is the new Deputy Chief of Staff, according to the statement.
NAN recalls that the former occupants of the posts were recently appointed as commissioners by the governor.
Only last week, the state Assembly cleared the former SSG, Mr Daniel Shashere, ex-Head of Service, Ahmed Matane and Dr Mohammed K. Yahaya as nominees for the post of commissionership alongside six others.
The statement said the changes were in furtherance of the ongoing efforts to reposition and strengthen the government for enhanced service delivery and the attainment of Vision 3:2020.
Born in January 1965, the new Secretary to the State Government holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration from the Bayero University, Kano.
The SSG-Designate was until his appointment the Commissioner for Planning and Deputy Chairman, Niger State Planning Commission.
The statement says the new appointees would be sworn in later in the week.