By Danjuma Joseph Lafia
Governor Abdullahi Sule, of Nasarawa State, yesterday approved the appointment, Barr Muhammad Ubandoma Aliyu, as the new Secretary to the State Government (SSG).
Barrister Aliyu, is the immediate junior brother to the Inspector General-IG of Police, Mohammed Adamu.
Barrister Ubandoma replaces Alhaji Aliyu Tijani Ahmed, who was relieved of his duties by Governor Sule on Monday June 8, 2020.
A press statement signed by the spokesperson of the governor, Yakubu Lamai, said the appointment take effect from yesterday, Wednesday, 10th May, 2020.
It would be recalled that the former SSG, Ahmed Tijjani Aliyu, was sacked on Monday, following his indictment on allegation of fraud by the state assembly.
The state legislators asked Ahmed-Tijani to refund over N248.5 million as unaccounted funds to the state government.
The house said the former SSG displayed blatant inefficiency, incompetency and ineffectiveness in the performance of his official duties and urged the governor to relief him of his appointment.
Barrister Muhammad Ubandoma Aliyu, obtained his first degree in 1987 from University of Maiduguri and he also holds LLB in Law from University of Jos, in 1997.
Over the span of his work career, Barrister Muhammad Ubandoma Aliyu has served as Senior Clerical Officer in Bank of the North Ltd before becoming Education Officer II in the then Plateau State Ministry of Education (1988 to 1992).
Barrister Muhammad Ubandoma Aliyu became Chairman of Lafia Local Government Council in 1999 and served in that office until 2002.
After his stint in politics, he went into private practice, serving as partner in the law firm of Doka Chambers, Principal Partner in M. U. Aliyu & Co. as well as Atafi Chambers in Lafia from 2005 until his recent appointment as SSG.
According to the press statement, “Barrister Muhammad Ubandoma Aliyu as Secretary to State Government will be responsible for assisting the government of His Excellency Engineer Abdullahi A. Sule to achieve its vision and objectives through the provision of advice and guidance.
“In addition, Barrister Ubandoma has overarching responsibility for the handling of government policy and superintending over the implementation of decisions and operations of government ministries, agencies and parastatals in Nasarawa State.”
“His Excellency Engr Abdullahi A. Sule, the Executive Governor of Nasarawa State, has affirmed his confidence in the proven capacity illustrated track record and tested integrity of Barrister Muhammad Ubandoma Aliyu, to serve with competence, unalloyed loyalty and unbridled sense of purpose in the office off Secretary to the Government of Nasarawa State” the statement added.