Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano has made changes to his cabinet on the anniversary of his first year in office. It is believed that part of the changes were made in response to the ongoing faceoff between Ganduje and his former boss and predecessor, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso.
Muhammad Na’iya, the state head of service, disclosed the changes in the cabinet in a statement issued on Saturday.
According to the statement, the governor has appointed Usman Alhaji Usman as secretary to the state government (SSG), replacing Rabi’u Bichi. Bichi, an ally of ex-Gov. Kwankwaso, is the biggest casualty of the cabinet change.
Gov. Ganduje also approved the appointment of seven new permanent secretaries.
They are: Halilu Baba-Dantiye; Usman Bala; Bilkisu Waziri; Saadatu Bala; Danladi Garba; Aminu Mohammed, and Aliyu Sani.
The governor also approved the immediate redeployment of six permanent secretaries to other ministries.
He said the appointment and redeployment are with immediate effect, directing that handing and taking over processes should be completed within one week.
Salihu Tanko Yakassai was announced as the new director general of media and publicity replacing Halilu Dantiye who was named as permanent secretary in the ministry of Commerce.
Also, Ibrahim Mohammed Kankarofi was named as the new principal private Secretary to the governor replacing Usman Bala who is now the permanent Secretary in the health ministry.