President Bola Tinubu has appointed Balarabe Abbas as a Ministerial nominee, replacing the former governor of Kaduna state, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai.
This revelation was made by Senate President Godswill Akpabio while reading a letter from the President on Tuesday, October 3.
Here are five intriguing facts to acquaint you with Tinubu’s new Ministerial nominee who assumes the role previously held by El-Rufai:
1. Former Lecturer:
Balarabe Abbas served as a lecturer at the Administrative Staff College of Nigeria (ASCON), situated in Topo, a town in Badagry, Lagos State. ASCON is renowned as a management development institution designed to provide training to civil service staff.
2. Secretary to Kaduna Government:
Currently, Balarabe Abbas holds the position of Secretary to the Kaduna State Government. Remarkably, he also served in the same capacity during the immediate administration of Mallam Nasir El-Rufai. Governor Sani retained him due to his extensive experience in governance.
3. Head of Kaduna State Transition Committee in 2015:
In 2015, during El-Rufai’s first term in office, Balarabe Abbas assumed the role of heading the transition committee for Kaduna State. This appointment marked his involvement in the transition process during the early stages of El-Rufai’s administration.
4. Chairman of the Institutional Development Council:
During El-Rufai’s administration, Balarabe also chaired one of the five Policy Councils within the Kaduna State Executive Council. His particular focus lay in developing policies aimed at streamlining the civil service, emphasizing a more efficient and leaner workforce.
5. Led Transition Committee for Governor Uba Sani’s Swearing-in:
As reported by TheCable, Balarabe Abbas took the helm of a 65-member transition committee responsible for overseeing the swearing-in ceremony of Governor Uba Sani in May 2023. This role showcased his prominence in managing significant governmental transitions.