Cabinet: 26-yr-old commissioner-nominee, Kolo, others speak on expectations ahead of KWHA screening, tomorrow


By Mumini AbdulKareem

Ahead of the screening of the 16 commissioner-nominees scheduled for
Tuesday at the Kwara State House of Assembly(KWHA), some of the
appointees last night spoke with National Pilot, on their
The Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Hon. Danladi Yakubu-Salihu
last week after the announcement of the final list noted that the
screening and confirmation of all the commissioner-nominees would
commence in batches on Tuesday, 29th October, 2019 (tomorrow).
Yakubu-Salihu further directed the nominees to submit 35 copies of
their Curriculum Vitae in a file jacket not later than 2pm on Thursday
24th October, 2019 to the Clerk of the House, Hajia Halimah Kperogi.
The list of the additional six commissioner-nominees forwarded to the
House completed the list of appointees for the cabinet in the state
following the two earlier batches of four and six nominees sent to the
But speaking on their expectation last night ahead of the screening
exercise, some of the nominees expressed confidence that they will be
able to add value to the system in line with the expectations of
Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq who appointed them.
According to the 26-year-old Joanna Nnazua Kolo from Edu local
government, her appointment if confirmed by the House of Assembly on
Tuesday will afford her the opportunity to add value to governance in
the state adding that she would justify the confidence reposed in her
by the Governor.
Kolo, who few weeks back completed her National Youth Service Corps
(NYSC) in Jigawa State wedded her heartthrob, Musa Tsaragi penultimate
According to her, she would love to be saddled with education ministry.
“I come from an environment in Kwara North where the narrative of
girl-child education needs to be improved and I will ensure I put in
serious effort to change the story for the better.
“I am ready to work anywhere the governor needs my service but I would
love it if given the education ministry because of the environment I
come from. We would love to work with the Governor who has
demonstrated that he is a gender friendly person in the success story
of our education in the state.
“My appointment is a challenge to the youth and we would not
disappoint by God’s Grace, we trust the Lord to see us through coupled
with the experienced people I will be working with.
“So our expectation is very positive and with support of the
lawmakers, we are ready to make the difference”, Kolo added.
Her husband, Tsaragi who spoke on Kolo’s behalf added that he is never
intimated by his wife’s appointment but will work very hard to support
her and make sure she succeed in the task of serving the state.
Also speaking, the nominee from Ekiti, Razaq Raji told our reporter in
a telephone chat that he is ready to be cross-examined by the
“Well, it’s a screening exercise and when we get there, we will know
what will be on ground. Let them cross examine me and consider whether
I am fit or not. I can work in any ministry depending on the
Governor’s discretion. May God help me any where I am posted to
because I am a versatile young man.
“When I get there, initially I would learn then contribute my quota to
serve my state. We have people like permanent secretaries, directors
and other career staff  who have been working there before, my own is
just to give leadership role to guide and direct them, key into the
agenda of the Governor and see how we can articulate everything
together to move the state to the next level,” he added.
On his part, the commissioner-nominee from Kaiama, Alhaji Lafia Aliyu
Kora Sabi, said, he expects to have an overwhelming support from the
lawmakers adding that he would give his best to serve the state and
not disappoint the Governor and Kwarans.
His counterpart from Isin, Juliana Olufunke Oyedun simply told this
medium, last night that, “I am hoping for the best,” when she appears
before the legislators on Tuesday

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