Kaduna: Gov el-Rufai appoints deposed Kano Emir Sanusi into KADIPA board

Former Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi II

The deposed Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, has been appointed into the board of the state Investment Promotion Agency (KADIPA), by the Kaduna State Government headed by Governor Nasir el-Rufai.

The appointment which came barely 24 hours after his removal as Emir of Kano will be chaired by Deputy Governor of Kaduna State, Dr Hadiza Balarabe, while Muhammadu Sanusi II will be Vice-Chairman.

A statement from the governor’s spokesman, Muyiwa Adekeye, on Tuesday, said “the appointment is part of the reconstitution of the board of KADIPA, which is statutorily chaired by the Deputy Governor, and has as internal members, other senior officials of the Kaduna State Government.”

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The government said in the statement that “Kaduna State hopes to benefit from the profile, experience, intellect and networks of His Highness, Muhammad Sanusi, who before becoming Emir, had built a solid reputation in global financial circles.

“Malam Nasir El-Rufai said that Kaduna State is honoured to be able to call on the services of a man of such calibre to drive its development,’’ the statement added in parts.

“Other members of the board include Malam Balarabe Abbas Lawal, the Secretary to the State Government, Mr Jimi Lawal, Senior Adviser and Counsellor and Aisha Dikko, the Attorney General of Kaduna State.

“The KADIPA board also includes the Head of Service, Hajiya Bariatu Yusuf Mohammed, Commissioner of Business, Innovation and Technology, Idris Nyam, Commissioner of Housing and Urban Development, Fausat Ibikunle and Commissioner, Planning and Budget Commission, Thomas Gyang.

“Other board members are the Director-General of Kaduna Geographic Information System (KADGIS), Altine Jibrin, Muhammad Hafiz Bayero, the Managing Director of Kaduna Market Development and Management Company, Farida Dankaka and Umma Aboki, the Executive Secretary of KADIPA.

“The Governor also said that he is confident that the new board, which contains the most senior officers of the state will further propel KADIPA to greater success in attracting investments to Kaduna State,” the statement read in part.

It said the government carefully chose the external members to further reinforce the investment credentials of the state.

“El-Rufai has expressed his gratitude to members of the reconstituted board of KADIPA for agreeing to serve.”