Kano Gov Sacks SSG, Redeploys DG Media
In a swift cabinet reshuffle, Governor Umar Ganduje of Kano state has sacked the Secretary to the State Government, Engineer Rabiu Sulaiman Bichi, and replaced him with Usman Alhaji Usman as the new SSG.
Ganduje also approved the appointment of Alhaji Ibrahim Mohammed Kankarofi as the new Principal Private Secretary (PPS) to the governor. Rabiu Bichi, who was appointed by the immediate-past governor of the state, Rabiu Kwankwaso, and was retained by Ganduje before his sack, was relieved of the job Saturday.
The new SSG, Usman, had before his appointment, served as the Commissioner for Finance in the state. Others affected in the cabinet reshuffle include: Baba Dantiye, who was redeployed from the Directorate of General Media and Communications to the Ministry of Commerce as Permanent Secretary.
Ibrahim Kankarofi, a retired permanent secretary, was appointed as the Principal Secretary to the governor, after his predecessor, Usman Bala, was redeployed to the Ministry of Health as Permanent Secretary, while Saluhu Yakassai, son of a renowned politician, Tanko Yakassai, replaced Dantiye as the Director-General Media of Media and Communications.
Meanwhile, the crisis rocking the All Progressives Congress in Kano state may soon be over as both parties involved in the dispute are reportedly ready to conclude a truce. It was gathered that Governor Ganduje and his predecessor, Rabiu
Kwankwaso, met with the Reconciliation Committee set up by the APC at the National Secretariat in Abuja recently.
The closed-door meeting, which lasted for over two hours, was attended by Ganduje, Kwankwaso, APC party leaders and some state government officials. Speaking with journalists shortly after the meeting, Senator Lawal Shuaibu, who chairs the committee as well as deputise as the national chairman (North), revealed that tremendous progress has been made in the reconciliatory efforts.
Dantiye – a dominance of appointee of Kwankwaso – who was earlier on alleged to have been redeployed, was later revealed to be sacked, allegedly because he was editor and management staff of Triumph newspapers owned by Kano state government.