The Governor of Kaduna State, Malam Nasir El-Rufai, has approved the appointment of more aides for the office of the Deputy Governor of Kaduna State, Architect Barnabas Yusuf Bala. The new aides, including a Deputy Chief of Staff and some special assistants, are expected to help execute the vast remit of the Deputy Governor’s Office.
Chris Adapar Umar is the new Deputy Chief of Staff. Umar, a lawyer, joined the Kaduna State Government as Special Adviser, Legal Matters. He was part of the team deployed to begin the reform of the Kaduna State Internal Revenue Service, which he combined with his Special Adviser duties, working closely with the Governor to produce the Tax Codification and Consolidation Law. Umar, who was educated at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, ran a successful legal practice prior to joining government.
Mock Samuel Kure is the Special Assistant, Rural and Community Development. Trained as a scientist at the Ahmadu Bello University, Mock has been a mobilizer for progressive causes. He was the Jema’a Local Government coordinator of the General Buhari presidential campaign.
The Special Assistant for Programmes is Elias Mathias Yahaya. He holds a first degree in Accounting.
Bargo Istifanus Daniel is the Special Assistant, Planning Monitoring and Evaluation.
Daniel Adamu is the Special Assistant, Research and Documentation.
The office of the Deputy Governor is responsible for the former ministry of Rural and Community Development which has since been restructured as a department. The mandate of the Department of Rural and Community Development includes a programme to replicate across the state the success of the Millennium Village project in Pampaida, a rural community in Ikara local government.
The Pampaida project achieved such targets as increased agricultural productivity, higher school enrolment and retention, including for girls, and lower maternal and infant mortality.The widespread attainment of these goals will promote inclusive growth, and bridge the rural-urban divide