Confusion in Nasarawa over who speaks for Gov. Sule




L-R: DG Strategic Communication & Press Affairs, Yakubu Lamai and Chief Press Secretary, Ibrahim Addra.

By Beauty John, LAFIA

Less than 24 hours after Nasarawa state government announced the appointment of a Chief Press Secretary, there is however, uncertainty over who the real spokesperson to Governor Abdullahi Sule is.

This confusion follows the claims by the Director-General, Strategic Communication and Press Affairs to the governor, Mallam Yakubu Lamai, that the newly appointed Chief Press Secretary (CPS), Mr Ibrahim Addra of Channels Television, will work under him.

Mallam Lamai is reported in one of the national dailies today (Friday) to have said that the new CPS is to work under the office of the Director-General.

He insisted that his office remains untouched despite the appointment of a new CPS.

“Addra will be joining Malam Yakubu Lamai, who remains the Director General, Strategic communication and press affairs to his excellency, Governor Abdullahi Sule” he stated.

But clearing the air, the commissioner for information, culture and tourism, Mr Dogo Shammah said the CPS cannot work under a DG.

His words, “I have never seen where a CPS works under a DG. The DG is a nomenclature that is created politically by the governor.”

According to him “Whatever interpretation he is giving is his personal interpretation. But, his Excellency today during the emergency state executive council meeting announced that he has appointed a chief press secretary to the governor and he thanks the DG strategic communication and press affairs for what he has done and from now onward, he would be restricted to Director General strategic communication while the new CPS will handle the press affairs”

The Commissioner stated that the DG is on his own.

“If he is given a different interpretation, that is his personal business,” he said.

Before Mr Addra’s appointment, the DG was the official spokesperson to the governor.

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