JUST IN: El-Rufai appoints running mate, Hadiza Balarabe as Senior Adviser-Counsellor

JUST IN: El-Rufai appoints running mate, Hadiza Balarabe as Senior Adviser-Counsellor

Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai has announced the appointment of Dr Hadiza Balarabe, his running mate for the 2019 governorship election, as his new senior adviser-counsellor.

Mr Samuel Aruwan, the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Media and Publicity, disclosed this in a statement on Thursday in Kaduna.

The statement made available to the Next Edition said the appointment is with immediate effect.

Balarabe, until her new appointment, was the Executive Secretary of the State Primary Health Care Development Agency.

The statement said she will function in her new position from Government House, overseeing key agencies reporting to the Governor which include the State Pensions Board, KADGIS and KASUPDA.

Balarabe would also advice the Governor on matters of human capital development, while understudying him and the Deputy Governor in all aspects of governance, the statement also said, adding; “As Senior Adviser-Counsellor, she would be at the heart of government, attending meetings of the State Executive and Security Councils.’’

Furthermore, the statement noted that the new responsibility places her within the second echelon of the government, next to the two elected leaders of the executive branch.

“She will join other senior officials to drive the policy and governance aspirations of the government in the remaining crucial months of the current mandate.

“The second echelon of the Kaduna State Government comprises of senior officials who are copied recipients of all correspondence from the governor as part of Gov. Nasir El-Rufai’s strategy to ensure that not just himself and the Deputy Governor are abreast of all issues and decisions the government is dealing with.

“These senior officials act as the principal advisers to the governor, and also function as implementors and monitors of the governance agenda of the government.

“In her new role, Dr Hadiza Balarabe will attend all meetings and activities in the Governor’s office, and perform other assigned responsibilities.”

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