Governor Ibrahim Dankwambo of Gombe State has re-appointed 15 of 20 former commissioners that served in his first term in office, over one year after winning a second term.
Mr. Dankwambo of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, is one of only two governors elected on the platform of the PDP in the northern part of Nigeria.
The governor, who swore in the commissioners on Wednesday at the Banquet hall of the Government House, urged them to run their ministries “with the fear of God”.
He also said he decided to reappoint them because of their “proven hard work and dedication to duty”.
He also urged the new appointees to bring their wealth of experience and integrity in the discharge of their responsibilities.
Mr. Dankwambo also called on civil servants in the state to support the new appointees to consolidate on the gains made by his administration.
The governor also announced that he decided to reduce the number of commissioners from 20 to 15 “in view of the current economic meltdown in the country”.
He thanked members of the Gombe State House of Assembly for confirming the nominees.
Speaking on behalf of the newly sworn-in commissioners, Abdulhamid Ibrahim thanked the governor for finding them worthy to serve the second time and promised that they would all do their best to move the state forward.
Those sworn in include Abdulhamid Ibrahim, Hassan Haruna, Aishatu Ahmed, Henry Likita, Ahmed Walama and Bakura Mohammed.
Others are Shehu Durbi, Ishaya Kendy, Samau Iganus, Dahiru Biri, Isa Wade and Faruk Yarma.
However, three others, who were also confirmed by the state assembly, Danladi Pantami, Sa’adatu Mohammed and Robinson Wasa, were absent at the swearing in ceremony and no reason was given for their absence.
PREMIUM TIMES however, gathered that the people of Billiri local government, where Mr. Wasa hails from, rejected his nomination, while Mr. Pantami who was earlier confirmed in absentia, was said to be recuperating from an auto accident injuries at a Hospital in Abuja.
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