The Kaduna State Government has dissolved the Board of the State Water Corporation and appointed, in its place, an Interim Management Committee, headed by Sanusi Maikudi.

The Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Media and Publicity, Samuel Aruwan, made the disclosure on Wednesday in Kaduna, in a statement, saying Maikudi would serve as the Acting Managing Director of the Water Corporation.

“Maikudi, who has vast experience as an entrepreneur, business development service provider and public servant, is expected to ensure that the Water Corporation abides by its reform programme and attains expected results,” said Aruwan.

Prior to this appointment, Maikudi was the Managing Director of the Kaduna State Investment and Finance Company, Born in Kafanchan in 1964; he graduated with a degree in Architecture from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, in 1987, and has more than 30 years of experience across many sectors.

He also holds a 2005 MBA from ABU and has worked as the Katsina Centre Manager for the Small and Medium Enterprise Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN). He also served as a Senior Special Assistant on Project Monitoring to the Governor of Kaduna State, from 2003 to 2007.

The government also approved the appointment of Fatima Ladi Abdullahi as Company Secretary of the Water Corporation. Mrs. Abdullahi was a Principal State Counsel in the Kaduna State Ministry of Justice.

The new company secretary studied law at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, and was called to the bar in 2003.

Aruwan however stated that Gov. Nasir el-Rufa’i has expressed the gratitude of the State Government to Dr. Ishaku Shekarau and other members of the former board of the Water Corporation for their service to the state.

Meanwhile, el-Rufa’i says he does not care if he loses the forthcoming governorship election so long the exercise is conducted under a transparent manner.

He said this yesterday while speaking at an event organized by the State Peace Commission, National Peace Commission and the UN.

 “We took an oath of office to govern the state on fairness and on justice  and we are going to do that,  like I said , till 29 May, 2019, whether we are re-elected or not, it does not matter, if  we are re-elected , we will  do our best. It also does not matter if we are not re-elected.

“We will move on with our lives, politics is not our permanent profession. This is part of the reasons why we are ready to sign the peace accord.

“This election is not a do-or-die affair, we are not desperate. We are campaigning on our records; we do not care if we lose the election so long it is not stolen against the will of the electorate,” he said, adding that the state government had in taken vigorous measures to prosecute those involved in hate speech.

Also speaking, Mohamed Ibn Chambas, special representative of the UN Secretary-General for West Africa and the Sahel, said it is important that Nigeria surpasses the progress in electioneering recorded at the 2015 polls.

He said: “It is therefore crucial that Nigeria delivers credible, peaceful and fair elections in 2019 in a manner that improves upon the performance of the 2015 elections and strengthens and consolidates the democratic dividends this country has accrued over the years,” Chambas said.

“I urge you in accordance with your pledges under the peace accord, to avoid hate messages and the politics of acrimony, bitterness, and rancour that undermine peaceful conduct of elections.”