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Nasarawa Assembly confirms 15 commissioner-nominees


Kwara releases new list depicting more women in cabinet
Nasarawa State House of Assembly has screened and confirmed all the 15 commissioner-nominees sent to it by Governor Abdullahi Sule.

The speaker, Ibrahim Abdullahi, announced this yesterday after screening the remaining six nominees on the floor of the house in Lafia.

Obadiah Boyi (Akwanga Council), Yusuf Turaki (Awe), Dr. Salihu Alizaga (Nasarawa Eggon) Dogo Shammah (Wamba) and Prof. Otaki Allahnanah (Keana) were among the first set to be screened.


Those screened yesterday include Haruna Adamu (Obi), Ibrahim Ekye (Doma), Mrs. Fati Sabo (Nasarawa), Abubakar Imam, Hajiya Halima Jabiru and Mohammed Aliyu (Lafia).

The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Nasarawa State Council, has commended the governor for nominating the NUJ chairman in the state, Shammah, as commissioner.

According to a statement from the chapel signed by Isaac Ukpoju (chairman) and Peter Ahemba (secretary) in Lafia yesterday, this is the first time a practising journalist in the state is considered for such appointment.

Meanwhile, Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq yesterday released a list of additional six commissioner-nominees, adding five more women to what would go down in history as Nigeria’s most gender-friendly government cabinet.

With the list, Kwara will have nine women (56.25 per cent) and seven men (43.75 per cent) as commissioners.

According to a statement by the Chief Press Secretary, Rafiu Ajakaye, the latest nominees are Harriet Afolabi-Oshatimehin (Ifelodun Council), Fatima Ahmad (Ilorin West), Deborah Aremu (Irepodun), Juliana Oyedun (Isin), Florence Oyeyemi (Oke Ero) and Rotimi Suleiman (Moro).

The full list came five months after the governor had apologised to women and pledged to compensate them for their loss at the general election, in which all the elective positions went to men.

The list was unveiled yesterday at the Kwara State House of Assembly where Speaker Yakubu Danladi said the screening of the nominees would begin on Tuesday, October 29.

AbdulRazaq had initially released a four-woman list, which was followed a few weeks ago by another list of six men.

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