NAN – Governor Kashim Shettima of has denied reports that he appointed the principal of Chibok government secondary school, Asabe Kwambura, as a commissioner.
In a statement by the special adviser on communication strategy Isa Gusau, the governor described the comment as a mischievous joke.
“In the last one week, we have noticed a very strange information being circulated by some online media platforms claiming that Shettima had nominated Asabe Kwambura, the Principal of GSS, Chibok for the post of the Commissioner of Education.
“We completely ignored the report for what it was, a mischievous joke and cheap blackmail that did not deserve any response, as it was mainly ‘trending’ on the social media,”
The special assistant decried the report stating that some media house had reported the story without verification.
“To start with, neither a president nor a governor nominates anyone as Minister or Commissioner for a particular ministry.”
“The usual practice is to nominate someone as Minister or Commissioner designate for screening by lawmakers, and it is only after nominees are approved by lawmakers and administered oaths of offices and allegiance, that they are allocated Ministries”.
“In Government procedures across Nigeria, only Special Advisers, Heads of Federal or State Government establishments, commissioners in commissions and certain chief executives, are announced by a President or Governor, stating their specific responsibilities at the time of their nomination for screening by lawmakers, or in some cases, they are out-rightly sworn in without lawmakers’ screening, depending on constitutional requirements.
“Therefore, to say that Governor Kashim Shettima has nominated Mrs Kwambura as Commissioner for Education, and that she was to undergo screening at the Borno State House of Assembly, simply indicates crass ignorance on government procedures, and which goes to confirm that the story was indeed nothing more than a joke that should only be told during comedy shows to entertain audience,” he said.