Late Governor of Kaduna state, Patrick Ibrahim Yakowa, who lost his life Saturday, in an air crash, is to be replaced by his deputy, Alhaji Mukhtar Ramalan Yero. Already, security arrangements and protocol are being mapped out to ensure a peaceful succession ceremony in line with the 1999 constitution.
Mukhtar Ramalan Yero, 44, is a close ally of Arc. Namadi Sambo and was his accountant in his private company. He became Commissioner of Finance when Sambo was elected governor in 2007 and was chosen deputy governor to Yakowa in 2010.
A close ally of Vice President Namadi Sambo, Yero was born on May 21, 1968 in Agwan Kaura in Zaria City of Kaduna state, Alhaji Yero had his early education at LEA Primary School, Kaura 1974-1980; Government Secondary school ikara, 1980-1985; Government Secondary school, Zaria 1985-1986 before obtaining a Diploma in Banking from Ahmadu Bello University Zaria.
He also obtained B.Sc Accounting in 1991 before capping it with Masters in Business Administration.
A Certified Public Accountant (CPA) started his working experience as Assistant accountant during his National Youth Service Corps at Ogun state Purchasing Corporation between 1991 and 1992. After the service he was employed as Higher Executive Officer Bursary Department at Ahmadu Bello University Zaria in 1993 before moving to Nigerian Universal Bank Limited as Accountant Supervisor the same year.
It was in 1997 that he got appointment in a private firm, Nalado Nigerian Limited (Namadi Sambo’s firm) in 1997 as Chief Accountant and rose through the ranks to become Director, Finance and Administration in 2007.
It was after the election of Alhaji Namadi Sambo in 2007, that the state government appointed him the Commissioner of Finance from 2007 to May 2010. Then in 2010, following the selection of Sambo as Vice-President by Goodluck Jonathan after the demise of late President Umar Musa Yar’Adua, Yero was appointed to the deputy governor position by Yakowa who succeeded Namadi.
This is what Patrick Yakowa had to say of Ramalan Yero, he “is a fine gentleman with whom we have been working closely for the past three years in the State Executive Council. I have confidence in him and believe that we shall together, under the guidance of God, steer the affairs of Kaduna State to greater heights.”
The new Kaduna state governor who is married with 6 children, is to be sworn in later today.
In a related development, hundreds of mourners are streaming into the former governor’s home to commiserate with his widow, Mrs. Amina Yakowa over the passing away of her husband, Patrick Yakowa.