Niger State Governor Mohammed Umaru Bago has reaffirmed his administration's commitment to a more collaborative effort with security agencies to effectively tackle the security challenges bedevilling the state.
Governor Bago stated this when he received the Commandant General, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Dr. Ahmed Abubakar Audi, at the Niger State Lodge, Abuja.
He said he was determined to reach out to all security outfits to ensure the security of lives and property.
The governor appreciated the strides made by the NSCDC in the state and assured the commandant that the government would continue to provide an enabling environment for them to operate.
The Commandant General, NSCDC, Dr. Ahmed Abubakar Audi, said he was at the State Government Lodge to appreciate the efforts of the governor in supporting the command and restate their continued zeal in working with other security agencies in the fight against banditry, kidnapping, cattle rustling, and other crimes.
Dr. Abubakar Audi used the forum to sympathise with the governor over attacks on some villages that caused the loss of lives and properties of villagers and the recent tragic incident that claimed the lives of some security operatives in the state.
Niger State Governor Mohammed Umaru Bago has assigned portfolios to commissioner designates recently screened by the state House of Assembly.
In a press release made available to Newsline, the chief press secretary (CPS) to the Governor, Mal. Bologi Ibrahim, said Aminu Suleiman Takuma is to Head the Ministry of Industries, Trade, and Investment; Hadiza Idris Kuta, Transport; and Umar Yabagi, Commissioner for Science and Technology. Phalal Mohammed Bako is the Commissioner for Rural Development, while Musa Bawa Bosso is the Commissioner for Agriculture.
Others are Yakubu M. Kolo, Commissioner for Environment and Climate Change, and Dr. Hadiza Asabe Mohammed, Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education. Bashir Mohammed Lokogoma is the Commissioner for Power and Renewable Energy; Dr. Bello Tukur is the Commissioner for Science and Tertiary Health; and Dr. Ibrahim Dangana is to Head the Ministry for Primary Health.
Also, Gen. Garba Abdullahi Mohammed RTD is Commissioner for Homeland Security; Yahaya Abubakar Gwagwa heads Water Resources; Ahmed Baba Suleiman Yumu is Commissioner for Humanitarian and Disaster Management; Suleiman Umar is the Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure; and Ibrahim Mami Ijah is the Commissioner for Livestock and Fisheries. Hon. Binta Mamman is Commissioner for Information and Strategy, while Muazu Hamidu Jantabo heads the Ministry for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs.
Furthermore, Barrister Maurice Magaji is Commissioner for Lands and Survey, and Lawal Maikano is Commissioner for Finance. Umar Rabe Sanda, Ministry for Nomadic and Pastoral Affairs; Hajiya Titi Auta heads the Ministry for Women's Affairs; Garba Sabo Yahaya is the Commissioner for Mineral Resources; Mustapha Ndajiwo is the Commissioner for Budget and Planning; and Suleiman Isah is the Commissioner for Communication Technology and the Digital Economy.
Hon. Abdullahi Umar is Commissioner for Housing and Urban Renewal; Hon. Abdullahi Adamu Mamagi heads the Ministry for Tertiary Education; Elizabeth Shaba heads the Ministry for Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises; Fatima Adamu is the Commissioner for Culture and Tourism; Nasiru Muazu heads the Ministry for Justice; and Yahaya Ibrahim Gulbin-Boka is the Commissioner for Sport and Youth Development.