The acting Governor of Taraba State, Alhaji Garba Umar, has approved the appointment of 24 special advisers as part of on-going efforts to strengthen the machinery of government in the state.
The appointment of the special advisers, which was contained in a statement signed by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Chief Garvey A. Yawe, takes immediate effect and the appointees are expected to resume at their various offices immediately.
Out of the 24 advisers, seven were re-appointed to continue in their previous positions while 17 are newly appointed though not a few of them have previously held various positions in the defunct administration as well as the current administration.
Those appointed as special advisers are Hon Abba Akawu (Inter-Governmental Affairs), Hon. Oliver Suleiman (Labour Matters), Alhaji Ahmed Bala Gassol (Muslim Religious Affairs), Senator Ibrahim Goje (S.A Political), Yahaya Mafindi (Information and Communication Tech) and Mrs. Ankye Y. Abada (Women Affairs).
Also appointed are Alhaji Musa Karamti (Inter-Party Affairs), Hon Jerry Dogon Yaro (Solid Minerals), Hon Irimiya Hammanjulde (Health Systems), Hon Buba Madugu (Commerce and Industry), Hon Bashir Marafa (Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs), and Maryam Hamanjulde Zubairu ( Students and Physically Challenged).
Others are Hon Sam Adda (Legislative Liaison), Mr. Orbee Uchiv (Government Projects and Monitoring),
Muntari Garba (Science, Technical and Higher Education), Emmanuel Masaâ€™Ibbi Nwunuke (Urban Infrastructure), Air Commodore Atiku Umar(rtd) (Security) and Rev. Eunice Musa (Christian Religious Matters.
The appointees also include Aminu Kotolo (Revenue Matters), Dr. Yushau Ahmed (Border Community Development Agency), Hon Atem Ansho (Tourism), Yakubu Voka ( SEMA) and Joseph Snwore (Rural Infrastructure and David Irande ( Primary Education).
According to the statement, all former special advisers who are in possession of government properties are directed to hand over such properties accordingly and with immediate effect.