Governor Kashim Shettima, of Borno state, yesterday swore-in 24 newly appointed commissioners who would serve as members of the State Executive Council to complete his first four-year tenure.
Governor Shettima had dissolved the former cabinet four months ago. However, he recently forwarded names of 24 nominees to the state House of Assembly for approval.
Of the 24 commissioners, 11 had served in the former cabinet and now re-appointed, while others are fresh hands.
Also sworn-in is the newly appointed Chief of Staff to the governor, Musa Modu, Usman Chiroma as Caretaker Chairman of the Maiduguri Metropolitan Council and Alhaji Ibrahim Audu Miringa, Chairman, State Assembly Service Commission.
Speaking at the occasion, held at the Government House in Maiduguri, Shettima enjoined the appointees to work assiduously and repose the confidence government have on them in the course of discharge of their duties.
“Your appointments are based on merit considering tremendous contributions you played for the general development of the state. You should therefore work hard and be dedicated to duties, so that government could benefit from your expertise to uplift the living standard of the citizenry”, he charged.
The governor restated the determination of his administration to continue to focus on the welfare of the civil servants and improve the living condition of the people.
He also appealed for support and understanding in the trying moment of security challenges and expressed optimism that peace would be restored in the state.
After the swearing ceremony, the governor went into close door meeting with the cabinet members who served as the first weekly State Executive Council (SEC) meeting.