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Governor Shettima Vows To Sack Officials Who Divert Relief Materials
By Musdapha Ilo, Maiduguri
The Borno State governor, Kashim Shettiima, has threatened to sack any commissioner or caretaker local government chairman caught diverting relief materials meant for internally displaced persons, IDPs, in the state.
The governor, gave the warning in Maiduguri, the state capital while swearing in 21 newly appointed commissioners and 27 local government caretaker chairmen, added that security agents, including the military, will be deployed to monitor distribution of items to the IDPs and report back to him.
“Let me warn all of you, I will not even think twice in removing any chairman and commissioner found wanting in the discharge of his duties. If anybody, be it a commissioner, local government chairman or member of the state House of Assembly or any government official tampers with foodstuff meant for the poor, he will incur the full wrath of the law,” a visibly emotional Shettima said.
“Let me make it abundantly clear, that I will involve the state security services and the military to monitor the distribution of these foodstuff, and ensure they report back to me,” he further stated.
The governor, who ordered the chairmen of Ngala, Kalabalge and Gwoza local governments to immediately relocate to Yola, Adamawa state, and facilitate the transportation of more than 10, 000 IDPs deported from Cameroon, said the state government will commence the rehabilitation of destroyed communities after Sallah celebration.
“We will commence the rebuilding of Bama with or without assistance from international communities after the Sallah celebration. The people of Askira and all other destroyed communities will go back to their communities after the rebuilding,” he assured.
Shettima also warned commissioners against lurking around government house unnecessarily and asked the local government chairmen to ensure that they remain in their local government headquarters.