Goverbor Babagana Umara Zulum of Borno state has reaffirmed his commitment and willingness to re-engineer and overhaul the state economy to meet up with the Borno people’s needs.
He also stated that all necessary measures would be taken to improve the living conditions of the IDP s both in host communities and IDPs
Zulum stated this Wednesday during his maiden democracy day celebration speech held at Ramat Square, Maiduguri, amidst a mammoth crowd.
He said: “I planned to take a visit to Niger and Cameroun within the next two weeks to confer with our compatriots in the IDPs and work out
modalities for their return and resettlement.
According to him,“In my inaugural address, I made it crystal clear that there is danger inherent in making complacency of the issues of youth unemployment. I see it as a scandal, depriving young men and women of their careers,
diminishing the prospects for teeming young people, wasting our national resources, aborting our chances of societal recovery and creating hopelessness and insecurity.
The Governor said his administration planned to commission two vocational training centres for men and women in Maiduguri, adding that the administration would resuscitate Technical Secondary schools throughout the state and provide youth empowerment and entrepreneurship schemes.
“I am very much conscious of peoples’ high expectations from my administration. This only goes to reinforce the importance of advancing democracy and good governance and you cannot make headway without the support of strong democratic institutions like the public bureaucracy.
“That was why my first place of call on assumption of duty was the state secretariat after having an interface with the leadership of the labour union.
“As it were, the provision of social services is the foundation of the state’s obligation to its people. I will not shrink or compromise from this fundamental obligation.
He said that the government would create institutional framework for basic service delivery to address the high public expectations and strengthen the confidence of the people on the government.
“In this vein, I will not condone the culture of absenteeism, indolence, indiscipline and nepotism in the public service. Prudent management of public funds, transparency and accountability will be our guiding principles.