By Our Reporter
In a deft, unprecedented move, Nasarawa State Governor, Engineer Abdullahi Sule has issued mandate cards to the 15 newly sworn-in commissioners in the state, seeking their commitment to delivering key policy ideas of his administration.
At a colourful swearing-in ceremony at the City Hall, in Lafia, on Friday, Engineer Sule issued the new commissioners each with a mandate card carrying specific goals, in line with their new responsibilities.
The commissioners were asked to sign the mandate cards, pledging their commitment to deliver specific goals.
Specifically, the commissioners were made to understand that the vision of the Nasarawa State government within the next four years, is to be among the top three most competitive states in the country by 2023, in terms of sustained, accelerated economic growth, increased economic activities and prosperity, among other indices.
The commissioners were also made to understand the urgency to tackle prevailing challenges that continue to inhibit development, stifle economic growth from trickling down to the bottom of the pyramid, and limiting the capacity of the people to maximize their God given potentials.
They were equally made to understand that disciplined implementation of reforms and implementation of well designed policies and programmes must be undertaken to unlock opportunities, create wealth, improve employment and drive sustained growth in the state.
For the state Ministry of Justice, for instance, the specific goals for the new Commissioner of Justice and Attorney General of the state include, ensuring the implementation of the Nasarawa Economic Development Strategy (NEDS) and the development of Sector Implementation Plan (SIP) to align with the vision and goals of the NEDS.
Also, ensuring access to justice for all persons and observance of the rule of law and due process in all MDAs, conduct robust negotiations and vetting of contracts/agreements on behalf of the MDAs in order to protect the interest of the state.
The state Attorney-General is also expected to ensure prompt prosecution of all crimes against the state and effectively defending civil cases on behalf of the state government, as well as ensuring provision of timely quality legal advice and ancillary services to MDAs.
According to the Governor, the success of any government is dependent on the quality of its team, adding that his administration selected the appointees with proven competence, vitality and community representation.
The Governor tasked the newly sworn-in members of the state executive council on imbibing the principles of accountability, probity, transparency and financial discipline, stressing that public office is public trust.
“You joined the administration at a time our administration is committed to promoting economic empowerment and general wellbeing of the people,” Engineer Sule reminded the commissioners.
The newly inaugurated commissioners and their portfolios are:
Prof. Allananah O. Otaki- Ministry of Agric & Water Resources
Boyi Obadiah- Ministry of Trade, Industry & Investment
Mrs. Fati J. Sabo- Ministry of Education, Science & Technology
Musa I. Abubakar- Ministry of Environment & Natural Resources
Haruna Adamu Ogbole- Ministry of Finance, Budget & Economic Planning,
Ahmed B. Yahaya- Ministry of Health
Dogo Shammah – Ministry of Information, Culture & Tourism
Dr. Abdulkarim A. Kana- Ministry of Justice
Salihu L.A Alizaga- Ministry of Lands & Urban Development
Yusuf A. Turaki – Ministry of Local Govt, Community Dev & Chieftaincy Affairs
Halima A. Jabiru- Ministry of Women Affairs & Social Dev.
Philip Dada- Ministry of Works, Housing & Transport
Othman B. Adam- Ministry of Youth & Sports Development
Muhammad Abubakar Imam – Commissioner Special Duties and
Mohammed Bashir Aliyu- Commissioner Special Duties.