GOVERNOR Kashim Shettima of Borno State has directed the 24 newly sworn in commissioner to "fast track the completion" of all projects and programmes under their respective Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) despite the security and financial situations in the state.
Shettima gave the matching order at the swearing in ceremony of commissioners and the Chief of Staff, Modu Alhaji Musa, at the Government House Multi-Purpose Hall in Maiduguri. Out of the newly sworn in commissioners, 12 were part of the governor's old cabinet before the dissolution on August 8, 2014.
His words: "Do not regard the last six months of my first term in office as a fun time, rather another phase of serious work by completing all the ongoing projects, despite the challenges we are facing in this state.
"Some people may regard the last six months of this administration's first term in office as a glee time but for me, we are in the most serious another phase of work. I call it most serious because no matter how good a work is started, the finishing tells everything about the work. The next six months will, insha Allah, see us accelerating and completing all government projects and speeding the provision of services to our good people.
"Commissioners have a two-point agenda that is both simple and tough. The first agenda is for every commissioner to ensure that all projects, programmes and services connected to respective ministries are visibly fast-tracked and completed. If a committee is coordinating a project connected to a commissioner, I expect that commissioner being a natural member of that committee to work hard and ensure the project is completed otherwise, that commissioner will be considered as a big failure.
"The second agenda is for every commissioner to immediately hold meetings with respective permanent secretary and directors to make budgetary submission on realistic projects and programmes that must be substantially achieved within the next six months under the strict involvement of commissioners."
On the part of the government, Governor Shettima said: "For us in this administration, our resolve is to serve the people of Borno State no matter the
politics before us, after all, many aspects of basic public services like provision of water, food, healthcare, shelter, jobs, education, among others, go a long way in shaping voting patterns of citizens.
There is no better politics like contentment of the average man on the street. We will work for the people of Borno State. I look forward to a post-Boko Haram Borno in the soonest of times and a Borno State with a government that will continue to work for citizens in the next four and half years like a steady clock."
He continued: "Like I have said at previous times, very few things truly excite me in the last three and half years as Governor of Borno State and this is mainly because, day after day, our innocent and very precious citizens in different parts of Borno State are continually being killed in very brutal manners by men who murder teenagers, old men and women and destroy communities in the name of our loving God."
On established company and ministry, he said: "The creation of the Ministry of Transport and Energy is not unconnected with government's concerted effort to establish a solar power plant here in Maiduguri for which an energy company has since been registered under a trusted management structure. Technical steps have reached an advanced stage, a site has already been secured while other necessary actions are being finalized, all in an effort to create alternative source of power supply for our good people to have deserved access to electricity for household and business purposes. "Having a ministry in charge of monitoring will no doubt enhance supervision that is very much needed for improved guarantee on the standard of public projects as well as their delivery for public use."