Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno state; has appointed Professor Isa Hussaini Marte as his new Chief of Staff (CoS). Announcing the new appointment Thursday in Maiduguri, Spokesman to the Governor, Isa Gusau disclosed that Prof. Marte was the serving State Commissioner for Higher Education; since last August. He said that Prof. Marte now replaces Dr. Babagana Wakil, who passed away on Wednesday, July 1, 2020, after a protracted illness in Maiduguri, the state capital. According to him, Wakil served as Zulum’s CoS from June 25, 2019; until he died 42 days ago. “Prof. Marte is to handover to Dr. Babagana Mustapha Mallumbe, whose new ministry will be Higher Education, Science, Technology and Innovation,” he said; noting that merger of two ministries; is in line with administration’s public service reforms. Marte, the new CoS, is a Professor of pharmacology with specialty in cancer research and is a fellow of the Nigerian Academy of Science. “Zulum’s choice of Prof.Marte is in recognition of his proven capacity, strong passion for development, unbending principles that align with the Governor’s, and above all, his proven integrity,” said Gusau. He added that Prof. Marte is expected to work round the clock to efficiently coordinate all affairs of the Government House to enable him attain Governor’s bold vision. “There is already a work in progress for a peaceful, stable, economically recovered and highly progressive state,” he said, assuring that the new CoS, will be sworn in Monday, August 17, 2020 by the Governor.