Lafia - Gov. Tanko Al-Makura of Nasarawa
State on Friday inaugurated 16 new commissioners and one permanent secretary
into the state’s executive council.
Al-Makura said at the inauguration in Lafia that the
commissioners were joining the council at a time when the state and the entire
country was facing serious economic problem due to dwindling resources.
The governor listed the new commissioners to include Dominic
Bako (Finance), Eunice Kigbu (Women Affairs and Social Development), Lawee
Yusuf (Agriculture) and Tim Yiga (Information and Culture and Tourism).
Others are Ramatu Abubakar (Education), Daneil Iya (Health),
Aliyu Tijani (Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs), Haruna Illiya
(Commerce and Industry) and Ibrahim Othman (Budget and Planning).
The remaining are Mustapha Yaya-Idris (Community and Rural
Development), Isahq Galadima (Youths and Sports), Godwin Maikeri (Works and
Housing), Yusuf Usman (Justice), Sunny Agasi (Lands) and Gabriel Aka’aka
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According to him, there is the need for the new
commissioners to look inwards as resources accruing to the state from the
federation account is dwindling due to drop in the price of crude oil.
He said that "in view of this and many other challenges,
you must imbibe the principles of financial discipline, probity, due process,
accountability and transparency in all your actions.’’
He advised the commissioners to initiate new ways that would
assist the state to diversify its internal revenue generation sources.
He explained that this would enable the government to reduce
its over dependence on monthly allocation from the Federal Government.
He then directed the commissioners to use their initiative
to assist the state to boost its revenue base.
According to Al-Makura, Mr Ishaku Usman, the new Permanent
Secretary will be given a portfolio soon.
Earlier, Alhaji Yusuf Usman, the Commissioner for Justice,
who spoke on behalf of the new commissioners had expressed gratitude to the
governor for finding them fit to for the job.
Usman assured the governor that the commissioners would not
disappoint him and the people of Nasarawa State.