Bashir Alkali, Director of Finance and Accounts of the State House, Abuja, has been appointed as the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development.
This was disclosed in a statement signed by Attah Esa, the Deputy Director (Information), State House, on Sunday.
According to the statement, Alkali, who is expected to resume at the Humanitarian Ministry this week, had a farewell dinner organised in his honour after a five-year stint at the Presidential Villa on Sunday.
“He (Alkali) was a consummate, calm, confident and without a doubt, diligent officer. He was also courageous and caring. He was on top of his game, meticulous, engaging, strategic, and a classic problem solver,” the statement quoted Tijani Umar, Permanent Secretary of the State House, as saying at the dinner.
The statement also quoted Jalal Arabi, the immediate past Permanent Secretary State House, as saying that he had no doubt Alkali would prove his mettle in his new position.
Responding, Alkali thanked serving and retired colleagues in the civil service for the goodwill, prayers and best wishes to succeed in the new assignment.
The 57-year-old Kano-born chartered accountant was posted to the State House in August 2015 as Director of Finance and Accounts and was in that position until August 2020, when he was appointed as a permanent secretary.