Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima, has directed newly appointed caretaker chairmen in the state to commence administrative activities in reconstructed secretariats and temporary secretariats in 24 out of the 27 local government areas across the State. Three remaining local government areas are to operate ‘satellite secretariats’ within IDP camps in Maiduguri. The move, Shettima said, is to lay foundation for the return of civil authority in local government areas of the State as a Post insurgency response.
The Governor gave series of directives on Friday shortly after caretaker chairmen for the 27 local government areas were sworn in for a term of six months at a mini-ceremony held at the multi purpose hall of the Government House in Maiduguri.
“Chairmen of the following local government areas should immediately work with His Excellency, the Deputy Governor, Commissioner of Local Government and Emirate Affairs, Commissioner for Reconstruction, Rehabilitation and Resettlement and our security establishments to start operating either from their reconstructed council secretariats or to set up satellite secretariats in any vacant public infrastructure or at any IDP camp with the highest population of citizens at the headquarters of their respective local government areas. Secretariats, whether at permanent or satellite locations, must be fully functional with chairmen and council officials operating from there and readily available and accessible to the people they are appointed to serve.