Most senior officials overseeing the affairs of Local Government Areas in Borno were absent as Gov. Babagana Zulum conduct roll call during an unscheduled visits to secretariat of six local government areas in the state.
The affected local government areas include Chibok, Konduga, Bama, Askira/Uba, Damboa and Gwoza.
In Gwoza the newly constructed council secretariat was under lock and key.
A statement Friday by the spokesman of the governor, Mallam Isa Gusau, said those absent during the governor’s visit to monitor projects and quality of governance at the grassroots comprised council secretaries, heads of department, directors and other ranking officials.
“None of the heads of department is around, neither the Secretary nor the other principal officers are reporting to duty.
“Look at the Secretariat, termites all over, an indication that nobody is operating in the Secretariat. Government cannot allow this situation to continue.
“We came from Maiduguri to determine the presence of senior public servants at their places of work. We have been pleading with them for quite sometime, to be operating from these local government areas so that citizens will feel the impact of governance at the grassroots but from all indication, many are not listening.
“We will take punitive measures because we cannot allow this system to continue” Gov. Zulum was quoted as saying in the statement.
The Governor however met the traditional rulers of Bama, Askira, Gwoza and Uba in their respective palaces where he lauded and urged them to sustain the tempo.
In Bama, Zulum announced that any house in Bama not occupied in two weeks would be temporarily allocated to Internally Displaced Persons pending when the owners are ready to occupy them.