23rd November, 2011
The Borno Chairman of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), Alhaji Zanna Shettima, in Maiduguri on Tuesday called for the dissolution of the state executive council.
Shettima, who made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), observed that the present ANPP administration led by Governor Kashim Shettima had good vision for the state, but that its commissioners and special advisers might truncate the foresight.
â€œThe type of people that constitute the cabinet are inexperienced and therefore have nothing to contribute to the development of the state.
â€œThe members of the state executive council have no exposure because they have never worked anywhere,â€ he noted.
According to him,the governorâ€™s few months in office has shown that he is committed to the transformation of the state, but he needs a credible team to support him.
The CPC chieftain also advised the governor to find a lasting solution to the problem of insecurity in the state by dialoguing with members of the Boko Haram sect â€œ in an honest and sincere manner in order to return peace to Borno.â€
â€œThe continued deployment of military personnel to the state will not solve the problem of insecurity in the state because they only come and worsen the situation.
â€œThis is because the security operatives do not know the sect members and therefore engage in killing and arresting innocent souls.
â€œPlease invite them quietly to a round-table discussion to address the situation,â€he said.
But the Director of Press to Governor Shettima, Alhaji Usman Ciroma explained that members of Borno Executive Council were qualified to be part of government as they were university professors and seasoned administrators.
â€œI am optimistic that those appointed by the governor as commissioners and special advisers are competent and possess all the relevant ceredentials needed to develop Borno,â€ he declared.
He thanked the CPC stalwert for recognising Shettimaâ€™s vision and foresight to develop the state.