By; FUNMI OROYE ADERINTO, Kaduna
Governor Nasir Ahmad el-Rufai of Kaduna State on Tuesday, approved the appointment of Muhammad Hafiz Bayero as the Special Adviser, Inter-Governmental Relations.
Hafiz, who joined the government in June 2015 as Special Assistant-Job Creation, is part of the founding team of the Kaduna Investment Promotion Agency (KADIPA).
Hafiz is moving to his new role from his work as Head of Investor Relations in KADIPA, a function he combined with his Job Creation portfolio.
As Special Assistant for Job Creation, Hafiz helped to introduce initiatives for youth employment like the Kaduna Start-up Entrepreneurship Programme (KADSTEP) which has benefitted 2500 graduates and the revitalisation of the state’s business apprenticeship training centres.
He is part of the KADIPA team that has successfully driven the Kaduna State’s acclaimed strides in Ease of Doing Business and in attracting investors, and organising the showcase Kaduna Economic and Investment Summit (KADInvest).
In his new role as Special Adviser, Hafiz will be responsible for maintaining the Kaduna State Government’s relations with other arms of government, investors and development partners, operating out of the federal capital, Abuja.
In another development, the government has also announced the promotion of Zainab Mohammed to Senior Special Assistant, Economic and Investment Matters, and that of Mubarak Mohammed as Special Assistant, Project Implementation and Monitoring.
Muhammad Hafiz Bayero holds a degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Aston in Birmingham, England. He also has an M.Sc. in Process Engineering and Business from the University of Warwick.
During the 2014-2015 campaign period, Hafiz was the Administrative Secretary of the Steering Committee of Malam Nasir El-Rufai’s Gubernatorial Campaign Organization. He was also a member of the Transition Committee.