The All Progressives Congress, APC’s wind of change seems to have reached Borno State, as Gov. Shettima has threatened to remove any state or local government functionary found wanting writes correspondent, BEN AIDOKANYA.
If the address of Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State at the recent swearing-in-ceremony of commissioners, local government caretaker chairmen and a permanent secretary is anything to go by, the people of the state and indeed government functionaries in particular should step up their performance or expect to be shown the way out of office.
Shettima had told his audience that he was no longer prepared to see any member of the cabinet or council chairmen at the government house except by invitation and vowed to show such an officer the way out of the office as well as any of them found wanting in his duties to the state.
The governor further gave an ultimatum of five days to all the local government chairmen and the commissioners to constitute their cabinets and take over leadership of ministries respectively or be removed.
His words: “I hereby direct all the local government. Chairmen to swear in the supervisory councilors and any chairman that failed to comply with the directive will be considered sacked because my government will not tolerate disobedience from anybody or chairman.
“The age of loitering around at the government house is over and closed. No commissioner should come to government house or be seen at the government house or any chairman to be seen loitering at the government house. Such is over now. All commissioners should be in their offices working and the chairmen should be at their local government areas,” he said.
Continuing he said “I expect the local government council chairmen of Ngala, Gwoza and Kaka Balge to be in Yola IDPs camps for their people I will not think twice to remove any chairman or commissioner in office that is found wanting. No more loitering around Maiduguri town by the local government council chairmen. You now have great responsibilities to carry out. You are appointed to work. I will even be there myself with you,” Shettima warned.
He also ordered an immediate meeting of all the 27 LGAs caretaker committee chairmen with the security agents, members of the Borno State House of Assembly and relevant authorities on security issue of their localities.
As if that was not enough, he also directed the caretaker chairmen to buy foodstuff immediately and distribute to Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, in their areas while revealing that the state government will constitute a security and special high power committee to monitor and supervise the purchase and distribution to ensure even distribution to the targeted or original IDPs.
‘”We have no option than to work for our people. We are now at the peak of time to deliver in our capacity irrespective of our religion, tribe and origin as a people,” Shettima said.
“We want all the communities to be rebuilt, all the people to go back to their homes Insha Allah. We are going to empower our people. We are going to provide for our people, we are going to cater for them Insha Allah.
“I give you my commitment, I give you my word that lnsha Allah we are going to rebuild Borno, this madness called Boko Haram will be over. But we have to play our own role to support and assist the Government and security agents to serve us better,” Shettima said.
But analysing the governor’s speech, some political observers in the state have said that the speech is one language too many because he has never come out so hard, from the very moment he took over the reins of government in the state.
According to a school of thought, what can be deduced from his hard talks is that the governor has indirectly told his subordinates that wind of change has arrived in Borno State and therefore it will not be business as usual.