Garissa governor, Nathif Jama on Monday carried out a minor reshuffle of his executive which saw three CECs swap portfolios and five chief officers reassigned.
The reshuffle which was communicated to county offices through the county Secretary via a circular on late Monday afternoon saw Idriss Mukhtar moved from the powerful finance and economic affairs docket to head the expanded Trade, Tourism, Investment, Enterprise development and Special programmes docket swapping with Abdihakim Sheikh Dayib who moves from the infrastructure and public works portfolio which has been merged with roads, public works and housing.
The merger has allowed for the upgrading of the Directorate of Urban Planning into a fully-fledged ministry which will be headed by Hajir Mohamed Dahiye, the former CEC Trade, commerce and cooperatives development.
Other directorates like the Information, Research and Statistics, Inter-governmental and Special programmes and revenue collection which used to fall under the governor’s office have been restructured and incorporated in fully fledged ministries.
Their restructuring process has led to the reshuffle of chief officers which has seen Rahma Dekow Omar the outgoing chief officer in charge of special programmes and inter-governmental affairs moved to Agriculture, Livestock and fisheries to take over from Ibrahim Aden Osman who becomes a second chief officer in the bulky Trade and Tourism docket.
Jawahir Keinan Hassan who headed the now defunct Information and research directorate moves to the expanded Youth, Sports, Culture, Gender and Social services as a second chief officer. Fatuma Omar Sheikh also becomes the new Chief officer of Urban Services while Abdi Dagane Ismail takes over at her previous posting at Environment, Energy and Natural Resources.
The Public Service Board for the first time also comes under a CEC after it was moved to the giant Education, Public Service, Information Management and Inter-governmental porfolio under Hussein Hajir as the CEC and Abdille Isaak Hassan as the chief officer.
Also, according to the lengthy circular, Dr. Mohamed Abbey continues in his position as the Chief of Staff as well as the county strategic officer but losses the title of director of personnel.
At the same time, the circular indicates that the deputy governor Abdullahi Hussein will henceforth take overall charge of all the departments of the county in terms of performance monitoring and execution.
“Accordingly, I call on all to give Mr. Abdullahi full cooperation and support as he embarks on this important aspect of our government,” Governor Nathif says in the circular.