By Oyewale Oyelola
The newly sworn-in Governor of Kogi State, Usman Ododo has appointed Secretary to the State Government, Commissioners ans other Aides.
Governor Usman Ododo made this announcement on Saturday after his swearing-in at Muhammadu Buhari Civic Center, Lokoja.
The Governor retained Mrs. Folashade Ayoade as the Secretary to the State Government.
He also appointed are, Alhaji Ali Bello, Chief of Staff, Hillary Ojoma Egwuda, Deputy Chief of Staff, Elijah Evinemi Head of Service, Commander Jerry Omodara, Kogi State Security Adviser and Isah Ibrahim, Special Adviser on Security.
Others are Suleiman Ibrahim of Radio Kogi, Director General Protocol, Oladele John Nihi, Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Alhaji Shaibu Oricha, Director General Government House Administration, and Barrister Femi Adegboyega, State Legal Adviser.
He said the appointment takes immediate effect.
Ododo also announced Commissioner nominees namely; Sunday Faleke, Salami Momoh Ozigi, Faruk Danlami, Bashir Abubakar, Adams Abdulazeez, Joseph Oluwasegun, Yunus Abdullahi, Wemi Jones, Rabiatu Okwute, Fatimah Momoh, Timothy Ojoma, Ababida Taiye, Idris Asiru and Mohammed Abdulmutalib.
The list of Commissioner nominees will be forwarded to Kogi State House of Assembly for screening next week.
In his inauguration speech, Ododo said the State is safe for all prospective investors under the public private partnership initiative promising to sustain the existing security of lives and property.
According to him, teachers welfare will be given priority as well as welfare of women while partnership with the Federal Government in the area of solid minerals development, agriculture and blue economy will equally be pursued vigorously.
In his remark, the Vice President of Nigeria, Senator Kashim Shettima restated the commitment of the Federal Government to harnessing the vast resources in the State to the benefits of its people.
Shettima called the pillars of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the State to support the new administration of Governor Ododo as well as the people to reap the benefits of democracy.