Borno: Senior Officials Not On Duty As Gov. Zulum Pays Surprise Visit To Six LGAs

Posted by Yakubu Uba | 22 May 2020 | 249 times

Gov Zulum

By Yakubu Uba

Most senior officials overseeing the affairs of six of the local government areas in Borno were absent from duty when Gov. Babagana Zulum conducted roll calls during an unscheduled visit to their secretariats.

NAN reports that the affected local government areas are : Chibok, Konduga, Bama, Askira/Uba, Damboa and Gwoza.

At Gwoza, the newly constructed council secretariat was under lock and key.

The governor’s spokesman, Mallam Isa Gusau, said  that those absent during the governor’s just concluded three days’  monitoring tour of projects and quality of governance at the grassroots comprised secretaries, heads of department, directors and other top-ranking officials.

Gusau in a statement he issued  on Friday said, “None of the heads of department was around, neither the Secretary nor the other principal officers  reported for  duty.

“Look at the Secretariat; termites all over, an indication that nobody is operating in the Secretariat. Government cannot allow this situation to continue.

“We came from Maiduguri to determine the presence of senior public servants at their places of work.

“We have been pleading with them for quite some time to be operating from these local government areas so that citizens will feel the impact of governance at the grassroots but from all indication, many are not listening.

“We will take punitive measures because we cannot allow this system to continue” Gov. Zulum was quoted as saying in the statement.

The governor, however,  met with  the traditional rulers of Bama, Askira, Gwoza and Uba in their respective palaces.

He lauded and urged them to sustain the tempo of ensuring that their subjects continue to live in peace and harmony.

In Bama, Zulum announced that any house in Bama not occupied in two weeks would be temporarily allocated to the  Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs)  pending when the owners would be  ready to occupy them. ( Credit: NAN)


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