Prof. Isa Hussaini Marte, the serving Commissioner for Higher Education, since August 2019, is to replace Dr. Babagana Wakil, Mni, who passed on Wednesday, July 1, 2020, in Maiduguri, after a protracted illness. (May Allaah’s infinite Mercy be upon him). Dr. Wakil served as Zulum’s Chief of Staff from 25th June 2019, until he died 42 days ago.

Prof. Marte, the incoming Chief of Staff, is a Professor of Pharmacology with a specialty in cancer research and is a fellow of the Nigerian Academy of Science.

The Ministry of Higher Education has been merged with the Ministry of Science, Technology, and innovation. Following the appointment of Prof Isa Hussaini Marte as the new chief of staff to the Borno State Governor, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum.

Prof Marte is to handover to Dr. Babagana Mustapha Mallumbe, whose new Ministry will be Higher education, Science, Technology, and Innovation. The merger of the two ministries is in line with the administration’s public service reforms.

Prof. Marte was considered for the position for his proven capacity, a strong passion for development, unbending principles that align with the governor’s, and above all, his proven integrity” made him the choice for the position.

According to the Governor’s spokesman, Malam Isa Gusau, Prof Marte will be sworn-in on Monday, August 17, 2020, InshaaAllaah, as governor Zulum looks forward to working with him at a higher level.