Governor of Borno State, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum has approved the appointment of Professor Isa Hussaini Marte as his new chief of staff.
The appointment was announced on Wednesday evening by the governors spokesman, malam Isa Gusau.
Marte, a serving commissioner for higher education, since August, 2019, is to replace Dr Babagana Wakil, mni, who passed on Wednesday, July 1st, 2020 in Maiduguri, after a protracted illness.
Prof Marte is to handover to Dr Babagana Mustapha Mallumbe, whose new ministry will be Higher education, Science, Technology and Innovation. Merger of the two ministries is in line with the administrations public service reforms.
Marte, the incoming chief of staff, is a professor of pharmacology with specialty in cancer research and is a fellow of the Nigerian Academy of Science.
Gusau said Zulums choice of Professor Isa Hussaini Marte is in recognition of his proven capacity, strong passion for development, unbending principles that align with the governors, and above all, his proven integrity.
He also added that Prof Marte is expected to work round the clock to efficiently coordinate all affairs of the government house to enable the full attainment of governor Zulums bold vision that is already a work in progress for a peaceful, stable, economically recovered and highly progressive Borno State.
The statement noted that Prof Marte will be sworn-in on Monday, August 17, 2020, as governor Zulum looks forward to working with him at a higher level.