AHMED MARI, Maiduguri
The Borno State Governor, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum, has read a Riot Act to the newly sworn in commissioners and directed them to always stay in their offices and not to come to the Government House except strictly on .invitation.
Prof. Zulum, who gave the directive while presiding over the swearing in ceremony of the newly appointed Commissioners, Special Advisers and Deputy Chief of Staff at the Multi Purpose Hall of Government House , Maiduguri said: “You should operate from your various ministries of assignment and not frequenting the Government House except on invitations or emergencies.”
He said “In my inaugural address I made it very clear that the daunting task before us is to reposition the state after having suffered from the destructive machineries of the insurgency. You were all carefully selected out of so many of your kind and therefore, the government and people of Borno expect nothing less than the best from all of you;, you must therefore work hard to justify the confidence repose in you”
He, therefore, said: “it is in this vein that I have created a new Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation to facilitate the development and deployment of science and technology apparatus to enhance the pace of socio-economic development of the state through appropriate technological imputs into productive activators “.
The Governor stated: “We must emphasize complimentary of functions and responsibility and also the need for the cooperation, understanding and commitment of every of you so that collectively, we deliver our promises to improve the living standards of our people.”
“I assure the Executive Council meeting will be held regularly and therefore all EXCO memos must be backed up by budgetary provisions confirmed by the Budget Office before submission to the cabinet secretariat for consideration”, he further said.
Warning them against corruption, Professor Zulum said: “You should as a necessary constitutional requirement go to the Code of Conduct Bureau to declare your assets. I wish all God Guidance and protection as you set out to render valuable services to the state to contribute to our collective efforts and commitment to provide good governance in order to take Borno to the next level.”
Professor Zulum also said: “We should work assiduously to bridge the gap between our politicians and the civil servants as well as followers so that together,we work in harmony and understanding to achieve our vision of a stronger and more prosperous Borno”,
Appealing for support, the Governor stated: “I wish to call on all people of this state to rededicate ourselves towards the achievement of our 10-point development agenda so as to positively impact on the lives of our people ”
Those sworn in are: Hon. Babakura Abba Jatau, Hon. Saiyna Buba, Engr Mustapha Gubio, Engr Kabiru Wanori, Hon. Abubajar Tijjani, Julina Bitrus, Arch Yerima Saleh, Hon. Yerima Kareto, among others. While Alhaji Auwal Hamza, Hon. Zanna Mustapha, Engr Abba Wakilbe, Col Abubakar Chitoma (Rtd). Prof. Isah Matte and Hon Mauro Mandata as Special advisers.
Speaking on behalf of the newly sworn in Commissioners, Prof. Matte thanked the Governor for finding them worthy of the appointment and assured him that they will justify the trust reposed in them.
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