Shettima Drops Longest Serving SSG, Retains Spokesman In First List Of Appointments

Kashim ShettimaGovernor of Borno State, Alhaji Kashim Shettima, has appointed Alhaji Usman Shuwa Jidda as the new secretary to the state government (SSG), to replace Ambassador Baba Ahmed Jidda, who occupied the position for the past 10 years.

The governor, however, retained his ‘dependable’ spokesman, Isa Umar Gusau, as the special adviser on Communication and Strategy.

Ambassador Jidda, a seasoned technocrat, had since the last general elections distanced himself from the Shettima-led government, a development many reasoned was a result of a silent war between both politicians.

According to a press statement issued by Hajiya Maryam Ibrahim, a Permanent Secretary on Administration at the Governor’s office, Shettima also retained his head of service and chief of staff, Barr Yakubu Bukar and Alhaji Modu Musa respectively.

Other senior special assistants that made the governor’s first list of appointees comprise of Usman Kumo, as senior special assistant (SSA) on Media (Radio), while Miss Kwapchi Bata Dibal would also retain her position as SSA on Media (Television).

Other SSA appointees are Yusuf Usman Shettima and Abba Bashir Talbari (Social Media), Baba Zannah Abdulkarim, (Special Projects), Mustapha Mohammed Kukawa and Christopher Godwin Akaba (Special Duties).

The statement conveyed Governor Shettima’s congratulations to all the appointees for their well-deserved appointment, urging them to contribute immensely in the discharge of their duties towards development of the state.

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