Kogi state Governor, Yahaya Bello, has announced five new political appointments as part of efforts to position his government to ensure equitable distribution of dividends of democracy in the state.
This was contained in a statement released on Monday in Lokoja, the state capital, by the Secretary to Kogi State Government, Dr. Ayoade Folashade.
Dr. Folashade said the Governor has appointed Barrister Justina Abanida from Yagba West Local Government Area as Chairman, Kogi State Universal Basic Education Board, SUBEB.
Other appointments announced were Alhaji Yakubu Oseni, from Okene Local Government Area as Chairman, Kogi State Board of Internal Revenue; Mr. Emmanuel Odiniya, who hails from Olamaboro Local Government Area as Chairman, Bureau of Local Government Pension.
Arch. Robert M. Achanya was also appointed as Director-General, Bureau of Public Private Partnership while Barrister Moses Okezie is to serve as Senior Special Assistant on Speech Writing to the Governor.
All new appointments are to take effect immediately.
Last month, Gov. Yahaya Bello ordered permanent secretaries in the state to proceed on a 30-day retirement leave with effect from Tuesday, February 16.
Those exempted by the governor’s directive were the permanent secretaries in charge of Government House and those occupying the position in acting capacity.
Also, all Directors of Local Governments (DLG), all Treasurers of Local Governments, all Education Secretaries, all Cashiers to Local Governments in the state were affected as they were ordered to proceed on 30-days compulsory leave effective from February 16, 2016.
All affected persons were asked to handover to the staff next to them.
Gov. Bello had earlier ordered the immediate reinstatement of all local government chairmen sacked in the twilight of the administration of immediate-past governor, Idris Wada, just a few days after his inauguration.