El-Rufai appoints Yoruba architect as commissioner


Gbeleyi Abayomi

El-Rufai has once again broken the ethnic barrier by appointing a Yoruba in the person Fausat Adebola Ibikunle as a commissioner deputy.

With this appointment, The Governor, Malam Nasir El-Rufai has broken two barriers in ethnic and gender together

The governor had earlier broken the norm in the run-up to his re-election in March by running with a Muslim woman, a medical doctor.

The Yoruba, kaduna born architect is a commissioner designate to the Ministry of Housing & Urban Development in the letter written to the kaduna state house of assembly

She was nominated along with 10 others, including spokesman Samuel Aruwan, who El-Rufai has upgraded as commissioner of Internal Security and Home Affairs.

Looking at her CV, Fausat Adebola Ibikunle is cut for the post being proposed for her.

She was born in Doka district of Kaduna.

She studied Architecture at the Ahmadu Belo University, Zaria, and graduated in 1983. She worked with the Ministry of Defence from 1984 until she moved to the Federal Capital Development Authority as Assistant Director in 2005 in the Public Buildings Department. In 2007, she rose to become Deputy Director in Health & Human Services Secretariat in the Federal Capital Territory Administration.

She joined the Kaduna state government in 2016. She is at present the General Manager of the Kaduna State Urban Planning & Development Authority (KASUPDA).

Also appointed as commissioner is government’s spokesman, Samuel Aruwan.

The governor will subsequently forward the three more nominees to make up the 14 commissioners that will constitute the Kaduna State Executive Council.

According to Samuel Aruwan ,upon confirmation by the legislature, the commissioners will run the 14 ministries created in the June 2019 Executive Order.

“Malam Nasir El-Rufai nominated 11 persons for appointment as commissioners. The names of this first batch of 11 nominees have been forwarded to the Kaduna State House of Assembly. The second batch of nominees will subsequently be forwarded for the consideration of the legislature.

“All the 11 nominees served in various positions in the first-term of the government. Picking insiders is a deliberate decision to enable the nominees hit the ground running and assist the government to achieve its targets for the second term. Every appointee will be subjected to stronger monitoring based on clear terms of reference and key performance indicators

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