As a significant step in efforts to rebuild Borno State following deadly destructions over the years, Governor Kashim Shettima on Wednesday announced the creation of a new ministry charged with Reconstruction, Rehabilitation and Resettlement of victims in communities affected attacked by Boko Haram insurgents.
Shettima assigned a new entrant into his cabinet, Dr Babagana Umara Zulum, an Engineer by training who until his appointment was the Rector of the State owned Ramat Polytechnic in Maiduguri, as Commissioner of the newly created Ministry who is now expected to deploy his highly regarded experience in aggressive supervision,transparency, prudent management of resources and timely delivery of buildings and other construction works with a view to fast tracking the reconstruction of communities destroyed by Boko Haram insurgents, rehabilitating victims and resettling them in rebuilt communities.
The Governor’s spokesman, Malam Isa Gusau, said in a statement emailed to journalists that Shettima carefully chose the former Rector because of the manner he prudently initiated and supervised many buildings within Ramat Polytechnic out of passion for development of Borno State. Shettima also said Dr Zulum had on the Governor’s instructions, successfully supervised the execution of some public buildings donated to the University of Maiduguri by Borno State Government, all of which were not delivered in good time but also of very high quality despite use of less resources through direct labour.
By creation of the new ministry, Governor Shettima has made the post insurgency reconstructions one of his topmost priorities as he is getting prepared to formally Flagg off the reconstruction works across the State.
Observers score Governor Shettima’s step very high and ingenious.
Meanwhile, the Secretary to Borno Government, Alhaji Usman Jidda Shuwa has on Shettima’s instructions, announced portfolios for the 20 commissioners sworn alongside Dr Zulum who is now carrying the fate of Internally Displaced Persons on his hands. The posting shows that Dr Mohammed Bulama retains the office he held before the elections as Commissioner for Home Affairs, Information and Culture; Adamu Alhaji Lawan takes on ministry of works and transport as commissioner, Hajiya Inna Galadima, Poverty Alleviation and Youth Empowerment, Yerima Lawan Kareto Trade, Investment and Tourism, Usman Ali Zanna Local Government and Emirate Affairs, Mohammed Aliyu Dilli Agriculture and Natural Resources, Zainab Gimba Water Resources, Dr. Haruna Mshelia Health and Human Services, Sugum Mai Mile Land and Survey and Babagana Tijjani Banking Housing and Rural Electrification.
Others include Ahmed Usman Jaha as Commissioner Higher Education, Abubakar Ibrahim Babale Sport Development, Mohammed Kauji Finance Budget and Planning, Hon. Fanta Baba Shehu Women Affairs and Social Development, Hon. Musa Inuwa Kubo Education, Waziri Imam Environment, Hon. Kaka She hu Lawan Justice, and Magaji Wandeo Animal Fisheries and Develoment. The posting also has Hon. Ali Abatcha incharge of Inter- Governmental and Special Duties and Mustapha Fannarambe is Commissioner for Religious Affairs.
Shettima had also sworn in caretaker chairmen of 27 local government areas whose names were released last week. The Governor also swore in Hassan Aminami as a permanent secretary.
The Governor charged all appointees to prepare for serious work to achieve big targets he had set for his second term as Governor of Borno State.