Mukaila Ola in Maiduguri
Borno State Governor, Professor Babagana Zulum has appointment a new Chief of Staff.
The newly appointed CoS, Prof. Isa Marte, who will be swore in next Monday, was until his appointment the Commissioner of Higher Education.
His appointment followed the death of the former occupier of the office, Dr. Babagana Wakil, who died last month after a protracted illness.
Wakil served as Zulum’s chief of staff from Tuesday, June 25, 2019 till he died 42 days ago.
Marte, according to a statement by the governor’s spokesman, Mallam Isa Gusau, is to handover to Dr Babagana Mustapha Mallumbe, who has been given an extra task of handling the Ministry of Higher Education in addition to the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, which has been holding since the start of the administration.
Mustapha is now a Commissioner of Higher Education, Science, Technology and Innovation, with the merger on the order of the governor.
Marte, the incoming chief of staff, is a professor of pharmacology with specialty in cancer research and is a fellow of the Nigerian Academy of Science.
“Zulum’s choice of Professor Isa Hussaini Marte is in recognition of his proven capacity, strong passion for development, unbending principles that align with the governor’s, and above all, his proven integrity” Gusau said.
The spokesman added that Prof Marte is expected to work round the clock to efficiently coordinate all affairs of the government house to enable the full attainment of the governor’s bold vision that is already a work in progress for a peaceful, stable, economically recovered and highly progressive Borno State.
The statement noted that Prof Marte will be sworn-in on Monday, August 17, 2020, as governor Zulum looks forward to working with him at a higher level.