The Maiduguri Metropolitan Council (MMC) has commenced the construction of Constituency offices for Councillors in each of the 15 wards of the council.
Leader of the MMC legislative arm who is also the Councillor representing Shehuri South, Umar Mustafa, made this known in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Maiduguri.
Mustafa said that the constituency offices, also known as Community Offices, would have offices for Councillors and district heads where people or communities with issues would reach out to their Councillors and other leaders without travelling to the council headquarters.
According to Mustafa, the office would serve as places to process indigene letter and National Identification Number (NIN) registration as well as venues for regular ward security meetings.
“The offices, meant to bring governance closer to the people, are being constructed at the cost of N10.4 million each and already eight of them have been completed.
“What is delaying the remaining is getting the suitable plots for the projects,” Mustafa said.
Mustafa lauded the cordial relationship between the Legislative arm and the Executive under the Chairman of the Council, Alhaji Ali Bolori, which he said has kept the council focused on development.
“We have keyed into Gov. Babagana Zulum’s policy of selfless service and that’s why you’ll not see us fighting as seen in other councils.
“Within our one year in office, a lot of transformation has taken place, particularly in areas of water supply in the metropolis and rehabilitation of the council secretariat complex for the needed conducive working environment for workers,” Mustafa said.
Mustafa, who is also the Chairman of Borno Council Leaders Forum and Ex-Officio of Nigerian Councillors Forum, called for more funding for the third tier of government for maximum effect in reducing poverty and insecurity.
He lauded the recent release of 500 tricycles, 100 taxi cabs and 10 buses in Maiduguri by Gov. Zulum to ease transportation in the town, adding that the gesture has also gone a long way in proving employment opportunities for many youths in the city.
“As a Councillor in this town who knows how people suffer in getting transport to their destinations, particularly in the morning when people are going to work and school, and during close of work and schools due to population, the step taken by the governor is a big relief.
“I want to commend him and urged the people of Borno to reciprocate his people-oriented projects by giving him more support and cooperation,” the Councillor said.