BY NDAHI MARAMA, MAIDUGURI
Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State, has warned all the newly appointed caretaker chairmen of the 27 local government areas in the state, against mismanagement of public funds and absconding from their offices.
The governor who handed down the warning while swearing in the newly appointed caretaker chairmen of the 27 local government areas at the Government House Maiduguri on Friday, said that all local government chairmen would be held responsible for embezzlement of public funds.
Shettima also warned the chairmen for absconding from their offices at their various local government headquarters, only to stay in Hotels in the state capital Maiduguri, adding that any chairman found wanting in the discharge of his duties will face the full wrath of the law.
“The task of rebuilding Borno rests solemnly in your hands, you should embark on the massive transformation of your local government areas by delivering the dividends of democracy to the people at the grassroots and mobilize them to fully participate in the political process,” the governor said.
He directed all local government chairmen to set up ward committees on dividends of democracy in each of the wards across the 27 local government areas to ensure that existing boreholes, clinics and other social infrastructures are fully functional.
He emphasised that with relative peace witnessed across the state, local government areas of Bama, Marte, Gwoza and Kukawa must operate two satellite secretariats, with one in Maiduguri metropolis and the other in the council, while Mobbar, Abadam and Guzamala council areas which are still not safe should open their temporary secretariats in Maiduguri metropolis pending when peace is fully restored, pointing out that the remaining 20 council areas that have been fully liberated will operate their secretariats at their respective councils.