Alhaji Bello Mandiya has been sworn in by the Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari, as his new Chief of Staff. The former Chief of Staff, Alhaji Dikko Radda, was recently appointed the Director-General, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN), which gave rise to Mandiya’s appointment.
Last month, President Muhammadu Buhari appointed Dikko Radda, the former chief of staff to governor Bello Masari, of Katsina state, as the director-general of the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN) on a five year appointment.
Governor Masari at the swearing-in ceremony said that Mandiya was appointed for his hard work and honesty, urging members of the cabinet to work as a team for the government to move the state forward. Bello Mandiya, who assured the governor that he would maintain the confidence reposed on him, until his appointment, was the Special Legislative Assistant to the Speaker, House of Representatives from 2003 to 2007.
He was born in Malumfashi Local Government Area in 1964, obtained B.Sc Mass Communications and M.Sc. International Relations and Strategic Studies from the University of Lagos. Mandiya was nominated as an International Observer to the Cater Center Observatory Mission to Ghanaian Presidential Election in 2008.
On other developing stories in the state, the Katsina State Judicial Commission of Inquiry is set to investigate the alleged N70.3 billion missing during the immediate past administration of former Governor Ibrahim Shema between 2011 and 2015.
Chairman of the commission, Justice Muhammad Surajo, restated that the inquiry was mandated to investigate and determine the extent of funds lost and lapses that paved way for the loss.
Surajo urged members of the public to submit their memorandum within two weeks as the commission is given three months to submit its recommendation to government, adding that opportunity will be given to everybody to present facts and evidences during the sitting.