Governor Usman Ododo of Kogi State has announced Dr. Folashade Arike Ayoade as the Secretary to the State Government (SSG) immediately after his swearing-in as the Governor of Kogi State.
Ayoade served immediate past governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, as SSG for eight years.
Ododo made the announcement after his inaugural speech after being sworn-in as the 5th Governor of Kogi State in Lokoja on Saturday.
He also named 16 other persons as Commissioner Designate to be screened by the State House of Assembly as members of his cabinet, and Kogi State Executive Council.
“I will today be presenting the names of the following nominees to the Kogi state house of assembly for screening and confirmation as members of the Kogi state executive council,” he said.
Many of the nominees were those who served as commissioners in the administration of Bello.
The nominees are:
Basiru Abubakar Gegu
Joseph Oluwasegun Stephen (JOS)
Muzi Yinusa Abdullahi
Kingsley Femi Fanwo
Asiwaju Idris Asiru, and
Governor Ododo also announced the appointment of other aides;
Ali Bello – Chief of Staff to the governor.
Hilary Ojoma – Deputy Chief of Staff.
Elijah Evinemi – Head of service.
Jerry Omodara – State Security Adviser
Isah Ismail – Special Adviser on Media
Sulaiman Ibrahim – Director General Protocol.
Oladele John Nihi – Chief Press Secretary
Shaibu Oricha – Director General Government, House Administration
Femi Adegboyega – State Legal Adviser