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Gov.Bala Mohammed Appoints Seasoned Technocrat As Chief of Staff

by Isaac Mintah

Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed, has appointed Dr. Aminu Gamawa as his new Chief of Staff.

Gamawa was the immediate past Commissioner of Budget and Economic Planning.

Our correspondent reports that Governor Mohammed last week dissolved his cabinet including the Secretary to the State Government, Sabi’u Baba; his Chief of Staff, Dr. Ladan Salihu; 21 Commissioners, and his Special Advisers.

He, however, retained his Special Advisers on Security, National and State Assembly Liaison, Social Investment, and Media and Publicity.

The appointment of Gamawa as Chief of Staff was contained in a media statement signed and made available to journalists in Bauchi early Monday morning by the Special Adviser of Media and Publicity, Mukhtar Gidado.

The appointment takes immediate effect.


Our correspondent further reports that Dr.Gamawa is a square in a round hole as he is eminently qualified for the role of Chief of Staff that he is currently going to handle.

He is a widely read and experienced fellow in the art of governance and administration.

Dr. Aminu Gamawa is a legal professional, teacher, and policy expert. He has worked across a wide range of organisations in the private and public sectors that include corporations, government agencies, educational institutions and nonprofit entities.

He is known for his expert and knowledgeable contributions on issues ranging from legal reform, economic development and policy issues.

Dr. Gamawa holds a Master’s and Doctorate degree in law from Harvard Law School at Harvard University; one of the preeminent centres of legal education in the world, LL.B. from the University of Maiduguri, and a BL from the Nigerian Law School, Lagos. While at Harvard, he was the Coordinator of the Harvard Law School Graduate Forum (2011-2014) and a Teaching Fellow. He is a certified Mediator with the Harvard Mediation Program.

Dr. Gamawa was formerly the Commissioner for Budget and Economic Planning, Bauchi State. He then coordinated and supervised six Directorates: Budget, Planning, Statistics, Administration & Finance, Monitoring & Evaluation and Donor and Multilateral Cooperation.

He also taught at Baze University, Abuja. He is an active member of the Nigerian Bar Association and Secretary of its Legal Profession Regulation Review Committee.

Before his current appointment, He was the CEO of Abuja-based Gamawa Consulting Services, a management consulting firm providing quality research, training, and strategic services to governments, NGOs, donors, INGOs, and other businesses.

Dr. Gamawa is also a regular commentator on BBC, VOA, DW, Aljazeera, & other local & international media. He has presented dozens of academic and professional papers at local & international conferences.

Roles and Responsibilities he executed as Former Commissioner of Budget and Economic Planning

Member Bauchi State Executive Council.

State Focal Person for World Bank Projects.

State Coordinator National Economic Council.

Chair of Steering Committee, Nigeria COVID-19 Action Recovery and Economic Stimulus (N-CARES) project (World Bank Supported Project).

Chairman of Bauchi State Covid19 Economic Recovery Committee 2020.

Vice Chairman and chair of the Economic Sector of the Bauchi State Strategic Development Plan Committee 2021-2025.

Member Bauchi State Debt Management Committee (DMC)

Member Steering Committee of Bauchi State FGN/AfDB Inclusive Basic Service Delivery and Livelihood Empowerment Integrated Project (BESDA).

Vice Chairman of Bauchi State World Bank States Fiscal Transparency, Accountability and Sustainability (SFTAS) Project.

Board Member Bauchi State Bureau of Privatization and Economic Reform.

Member Bauchi State Transformation Committee of USAID Nigeria State Accountability, Transparency, and Effectiveness State 2 State Activity.

Member Bauchi State Institutional Arrangement Steering Committee for the World Bank Assisted Project on Better Education Service Delivery for All (BESDA).

Member Bauchi State Cabinet Committee on Payroll Administration, 2019-2021.

Regional Representative Technical Working Group on Subnational Ease of Doing Business.

Chairman of Steering Committee for DLI5 SFTAS Project on Property Tax Record.

Member Council Committee on the Restructuring and Delineation of Ministries, Agencies and Departments, 2019-2020.

Member Technical Advisory Committee on Sustainable Covid-19 Context driven Response for North East Nigeria, 2020.

Member Technical Team on Northern Nigeria Economic Diversification Committee, 2020.

He is member of the following bodies:
Nigerian Bar Association

Member, International Bar Association

Member, Civil Liberties Organization, Nigeria

Member, Law and Society Association

Member, Mediators without Borders

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