By Abdulkareem Haruna
Borno state attorney general and Commissioner for justice Kaka-Shehu Lawan had on behalf of the newly sworn-in cabinet members assured the state governor, Babagana Zulum, of their unflinching loyalty and compliance to all directives.
Barrister Lawan gave these assurances after he and 18 other cabinet members and a permanent secretary had taken their oaths of office for the newly inaugurated executive council of Borno state on Monday.
Governor Zulum had in his inaugural speech called on the new commissioners to show better commitment in their tasks as his cabinet members and advisors as they steer the affairs of the state for the remaining year of his four years mandate.
The governor charged the commissioners to “set examples for staff of their ministries by reporting to work punctually”, emphasizing that work each starts at 8 am and closes at 4 pm.
He urged them to ensure all staff of their respective ministries “are given functional opportunities rather than concentrating responsibilities to few senior officials like the PermSec and directors while many others are left redundant.”
In his vote of ‘thank you on behalf of the newly appointed commissioners, Barrister Lawan, who is the most cognate cabinet member, told Governor Zulum: “Words alone cannot adequately convey our depth of gratitude to you, Your Excellency.”
“I wish to thank you most sincerely on behalf of the newly minted commissioners for finding us worthy of these appointments. We say a very big thank you and we are not going to let you down, Insha Allah.
“We have listened to your inaugural speech with rapt attention and we have no other options but to ensure total compliance with the directives given. Insha Allah, you are going to see results.
“We will comply with your directives in toto. To the members of the Borno state house of Assembly, we say thank you for expeditiously, ensuring our confirmation with less time-consuming.
“To the SSG we thank you most sincerely for producing the instrument secure sweating in and the welcome address. To the Royal highness, the Shehu of Borno and Shehu of Dikwa, we thank you for your royal blessings.
“To the party chairman, we appreciate you for setting the pace for us to converge in this hall. To the head of the service, congratulations as there will be promotion exams soon in October, to our service commander we thank you for making the state secure for us to sleep with our two eyes closed.
“To members of the Nigeria Labour Congress, the trade union congress, the Nigerian Bar Association, and the Nigeria Union of Journalists, we thank you for your partnership in progress.
“On behalf of myself the members of the state executive council and the new perm sec that was sworn in we wish you Allah’s guidance and protection as you journey safely back to your destinations.”