Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal, has tasked newly-sworn-in commissioners to see themselves as servants of the people and shun all acts that will be inimical to the unity and progress of the state.
The event, which held on Monday evening without prior notice, fanfare and in a near-empty hall at the Government House, was held in a sombre mood as a respect to the Sokoto pilgrims that died during this year’s Hajj.
Speaking at the swearing-in ceremony, Tambuwal also urged the commissioners to emulate the honesty, commitment and patriotism of President Muhmmadu Buhari in order to realise the laudable aims and objectives of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
According to him, progress can only be achieved if the appointees consider all issues on merit, and avoid nepotism, bigotry and selfish conducts.
While reminding them that the era of impunity in government was over, Tambuwal said the people gave APC their mandates during the last election so as to do away with past wrongs.
“They voted us to see their lives improved, to see their children enjoy good education, and to see Sokoto among the best states in the country,” he added.
Those sworn in and given portfolio include Deputy Governor Ahmad Aliyu who will oversee Works Ministry, Sahabi Gada (Higher Education), Umar Tambuwal (Agriculture) and Saidu Umar (Finance).
Others include Abdulkadir Jeli who will serve as the new commissioner of information, Muhammad Arzika Tureta will head Water Resources Ministry, Jabbi Kilgore will take charge at Ministry of Basic Education, Abdullahi Maigwandu will superintend n Ministry of Rural Development while Sirajo Gatawa will head Social Welfare Ministry.
The rest are Tukur Alkali (Animal Health), Mani Maishinku (Religious Affairs), Bello Sifawa (Environment), Bello Gwiwa (Lands and Housing), Sulaiman Usman (Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice), Nasiru Zarummai (Science and Technology) and Isah Sadiq Achida (Home Affairs).
Similarly, Aminu Bello Sokoto will take charge in Commerce ministry, Bala Kokani (ministry of Budget and Economic Planning), Bello Goronyo (Solid minerals), Manir Dan’Iya (Local Government), Kulu Abdullahi (Women Affairs), Dr. Balarabe Kakale (Health) and Musa Ausa (Youth and Sports.)