Borno LGs officials absent during Governor visit to face sanction

Borno governor has paid an unannounced visit to some local governments and found top officials absent from work, he has threatened sanction.

Zulum who visited Chibok, Bama, Gwoza, Damboa, Konduga, and Askira-Uba local government areas of Borno state on Thursday said he is disappointed that many of the top local government officials were not found at their duty post.

In a statement released by the Borno governor, he expressed his anger over local government official action while promising that the government will sanction them.

Part of the statement reads.

“Even before COVID-19 outbreak, senior officials at local government areas in Borno are notorious for abandoning their local government to operate in Maiduguri only to return there for few days when FAAC allocations are received, or when they know the Governor is heading there”.

“None of the heads of the department is around, neither the Secretary nor the other principal officers are reporting to duty. Look at the Secretariat, termites all over, an indication that nobody is operating in the Secretariat. The government cannot allow this situation to continue”.

“We came from Maiduguri to determine the presence of senior public servants at their places of work. We have been pleading with them for quite some time, to be operating from these local government areas so that citizens will feel the impact of governance at the grassroots but from all indication, many are not listening”

“The government will take measures against the defaulting officials because we cannot allow this system to continue”.

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