Senate President appoints new chief of staff

Edwin Akwueh, Abuja

Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki has appointed Dr. Hakeem Baba Ahmed, as his new Chief of Staff.

The appointment was announced in a statement by the special adviser on media and publicity to the Senate President, Mr. Yusuph Olaniyonu, who stated that the appointment is with immediate effect.

Dr. Baba Ahmed, who is aged 61, got his educational background from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, London School of Economics and University of Sussex, both in the United Kingdom. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree.

Dr. Ahmed, a consummate public servant and intellectual, started his working career as a lecturer with the former University of Sokoto now known as Usman Dan Fodio University, Sokoto, before joining the Kaduna State Civil Service.

He later transferred his service to the federal civil service where he rose to become a permanent secretary.

He was a permanent secretary at various times in the presidency and also in the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.

Dr. Ahmed was also a secretary of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). He holds a national honour for Officer of the Federal Republic (OFR).

The new Chief of Staff to the Senate President is a columnist with the Daily Trust newspapers.