From Sule Aliyu, Bauchi
Barely 24 hours after appointing a new Chief of Staff, Government House in his gradual process of reconstituting his cabinet, Bauchi State governor, Sen. Bala Abdulkadir Muhammad has approved the appointment of Barr. Ibrahim Muhammad Kashim as the new Secretary to the State Government.
The appointment was announced by the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the Governor, Mukhtar Gidado in a statement issued in the early hours of Tuesday.
According to the statement, Barr. Kashim holds an LL. B, BL, LLM and Masters in Business Administration and various Post Graduate Certificates in Management, Administration and Economic Reform and Divestiture from many institutions in the United Kingdom and the United States.
He hails from Bauchi Local Government Area of the state.
He is a legal practitioner, a former lecturer at Dan Fodio University, Sokoto, a public servant and a policy expert.
He retired in 2015 as a Director in the Presidency (Bureau for Public Enterprises) where he headed various departments and acted as the Director General of the Bureau.
Upon retirement, Barr. Kashim ran a consultancy outfit, Kauthar Resources Nig. Ltd and had consulted for various transport sector committees of both chambers of the National Assembly, House Committee on Commercialisation and Privatisation and the Nigerian Shippers’ Council.
He is a registered member of the Nigeria Economic Summit Group (NESG), a non-profit, non-partisan private sector led think tank with a mandate to promote and champion the reform of the nation’s economy into an open, globally competitive economy.
In 2020, Barr. Kashim was appointed as the pioneer Director General of the state Bureau for Privatisation and Economic Reforms, an agency set up pursuant to the current current administration’s resolve to reform, restructure and grow the economy of the state.
During which period he served in various committees and initiated many reforms programmes in the state and until his appointment, he was the immediate past Director General, Bureau for Privatisation and Economic Reforms.
The appointment takes immediate effect.
It came to many as a surprise because few days ago, the governor had promised to bring in politicians who would assist him deliver his administration’s plans of rapid development of the state having declared that most of the former members of the cabinet are not politicians.
With the new appointment of a new SSG from the same district with the governor, for now, the Central District has been left out of the political leadership of the state though it was said that two former SSGs from the area, Muhammadu Nadada Umar and Ibrahim Ahmad Dandija turned down the offer when contacted.