Kogi: Ododo appoints Yahaya Bello’s nephew CoS, reappoints Commissioners, others
Governor Ahmed Ododo of Kogi State
Published By: Ayorinde Oluokun
By Stephen Adeleye
Gov. Ahmed Ododo of Kogi on Saturday announced the appointment of Ali Bello, the a nephew of his predecessor, Yahaya Bello as his Chief of Staff while also retaining nine of the 16 commissioners who served in the immediate past cabinet.
Speaking after he was sworn in Ododo also announced that he will retain the Secretary to the State Government, Dr Folashade Ayoade and the State Security Adviser, retired Commodore Jerry Omodara.
Ododo was sworn in as the fifth Executive Governor of Kogi on Saturday in Lokoja
The commissioner nominees are Mr Wemi Jones, Mr Kingsley Fanwo, Mr Bashir Abubakar and Messrs Abdulsalami Ozigi, Idris Asiwaju, Mohammed Abdulmutalib, and Barr. Yunus Abdullahi
Others include Mr Sunday Faleke, Mr Segun Joseph, Mr Timothy Ojoma, Mrs Rabiat Momoh, and Dr Adams Abdulaziz.
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Ododo also appointed Mrs Hillary Ojoma as Deputy Chief of Staff and Mr Elijah Jelele as Head of Service.
The governor also appointed a Chief Press Secretary, a Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, a Director-General of Protocols, a Director-General of Government House and a Legal Adviser as some of his aides.
Ododo appealed to the leadership of Kogi State House of Assembly to give all the nominees expeditious consideration to ensure unhindered operations in the Executive arm of government.
The new governor served as Auditor-General (Local Governments) in Yahaya Bello’s cabinet.