By Ibrahim Shuaibu
Kano state governor, Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, has approved the removal of the Secretary to the State Government, Engineer Rabiu Sulaiman Bichi, and replaced him with Usman Alhaji Usman as the new SSG.
Ganduje also approved the appointment of Alhaji Ibrahim Mohammed Kankarofi as the new principal private Secretary to the governor.
In a radio announcement on Saturday morning by head of civil service, Alhaji Auwalu Mohammed Naiya, revealed that Director General media and communication to the governor, Alhaji Halilu Dantiye, was posted as Permanent Secretary and replaced by Salihu Tanko Yakasai as new DG media.
There were reports that the Secretary to the Kano State Government, Engineer Rabiu Sulaiman Bichi, had resigned his appointment and left the Government of Abdullahi Umar Ganduje.
Indications that emerged on Friday afternoon, were that the SSG was seen, along with his Personal Assistant, packing all his personal belongings.
The former SSG is a close confidant and ally of Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso and was very influential during the administration of his former boss.
He was instrumental to the numerous successes recorded by former Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso.
Since taking over last year, the current Governor had retained the SSG and the Accountant-General, Dr. Danjuma Mahmoud, whom he inherited from Kwankwaso’s administration.
He has been under pressure from his camp to replace them since the beginning of the cold war between him and his former boss.
Some staff at the SSG’s Office were however taken unawares of the removal of Engineer Rabiu Bichi.