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Zulum bars commissioners from frequenting Government House except on appointment, emergencies

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….Creates new ministry of science, technology and innovation

Borno’s newly sworn-in commissioners will not be allowed to frequent the government house, rather, they will operate from their offices which are mostly at the state secretariat, Governor Babagana Umara Zulum has declared.

The Governor spoke on Wednesday at the inauguration of 22 commissioners cleared by the state assembly.

The event took place at the multipurpose hall of the government house in Maiduguri.

Seven special advisers and a deputy chief of staff in the office of the deputy Governor where equally sworn in.

The state chief judge, Kashim Zannah administered the oath.

“You should operate from your various ministries of assignment and not frequenting the Government House except on invitations or emergencies,” Zulum said.

The Governor also charged the commissioners to be dedicated to their duties and do everything possible to actualize his administration’s policies and programmes.

He also charged them to make sure that life of the common man is touched.

“Let me say that I deliberately took my time in selecting those that will really work with me as members of my cabinet. This is because in my inaugural address, I made it very clear that the daunting task before us is to reposition the state after having suffered from destructive machineries of insurgency. I need in my council the caliber of individuals who are result oriented,” the governor said.

The governor assured that his administration would re-engineer the public service to make it robust and vibrant with a view to strengthen the socio-economic development in the state.

“We must together re-engineer the public service into a robust and vibrant bureaucracy given the nexus that exists between an effective public sector and socio – economic development.”

In another development, Gov. Zulum has created a new ministry to be known as Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation.

He said the new ministry has the mandate to enhance the pace of the socio-economic development of the state through technological inputs into productive activities, utilize modern technology for effective management of government businesses, particularly in operational activities, revenue generation and youth empowerment.

To facilitate the ministry’s take off, the Governor directed the Secretary to the State Government to readjust the mandate of the ministries of poverty alleviation as well as that of education.

The governor has assured that his administration will strengthen the civil service and therefore charged the newly sworn in commissioners to address issues of corruption and idleness among civil servants.

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