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New SSG Appointed for Bauchi State

by Christiana Gokyo, Jos

Bauchi State Govt has approved the appointment of Barrister Ibrahim Muhammad Kashim as the new Secretary to the State Government, barely 24 hours after appointing a new Chief of Staff.

The appointment was announced by the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the Governor, Mukhtar Gidado, in a statement issued to newsmen in Bauchi recently.

The statement indicated that, “Barr. Kashim holds an LL.B, BL, LLM and Masters in Business Administration and various Post-Graduate Certificates in Management, Administration and Economic Reform and Divestiture from many institutions in the United Kingdom and the United States. He hails from Bauchi Local Government Area of the state.

“He is a legal practitioner, a former lecturer at Dan Fodio University, Sokoto, a public servant and a policy expert. He retired in 2015 as a Director in the Presidency (Bureau for Public Enterprises) where he headed various departments and acted as the Director-General of the Bureau. 

“On his retirement, Barrister Kashim ran a consultancy outfit, ‘Kauthar Resources Nig. Ltd,’ and had consulted for various transport sector committees of both chambers of the National Assembly, House Committee on Commercialization and Privatization and the Nigerian Shippers’ Council. 

“He is a registered member of the Nigeria Economic Summit Group (NESG), a non-profit, non-partisan private sector-led think-tank with a mandate to promote and champion the reform of the nation’s economy into an open, globally-competitive economy.”

According to the statement, “In 2020, Barrister Kashim was appointed as the pioneer Director-General of the State Bureau for Privatization and Economic Reforms, an agency set up pursuant to the current administration’s resolve to reform, restructure and grow the economy of the state.   

“At the period, he served in various committees and initiated many reform programmes in the state and, until his appointment, he was the immediate past Director-General, Bureau for Privatization and Economic Reforms.” 

The appointment takes immediate effect, and it came to many as a surprise because few a days ago, the governor, Bala Abdulkadir Muhammad, had promised to bring in politicians, who would assist him deliver his administration’s plans of rapid development of the state, having declared that most of the former members of the cabinet “are not politicians.” 

With the new appointment of a new SSG from the same district with the governor, for now, the Central District has been left out of the political leadership of the state, though, it was said that two former SSGs from the area, Muhammadu Nadada Umar and Ibrahim Ahmad Dandija, turned down the offer when contacted.

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