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General News of Monday, 16 November 2020

Source: NAN

Borno Govt engages traditional rulers on social reorientation

Borno Government has called for partnership with traditional rulers on the implementation of the state’s recently launched 25-year Development Plan and 10-year Strategic Transformation Plan.

The Commissioner for Local Government and Emirates Affairs, Alhaji Sugun Mai-Mele made the call at a meeting with traditional rulers on Monday in Maiduguri.

Mai-Mele said as custodians of the people’s culture and traditions and being closer to the grassroots, the traditional rulers have key role to play in social re-orientation which is key to the successful implementation of the plan.

He lauded the traditional institution in the state for its sustained support to the implementation of laudable government policies and programmes and urged it to sustain the tempo, particularly at this critical time of the state government’s commitment to restore the honour, dignity, and prosperity of the state, after a decade of insurgency.

Also speaking at the meeting, the special Adviser to the Borno State Governor on Sustainable Development, Dr Mairo Mandara, emphasised the role of the girl-child in facilitating development and the need to improve enrolment in schools.

In his remarks, the Shehu of Borno, Alhaji Abubakar Umar-Garbai, assured the government of the traditional institution’s commitment in facilitating the implementation of the development plan.

He, however, called for more funding of the institution for optimal performance.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that other traditional rulers at the meeting included the Emir of Biu, Alhaji Mustafa Mai-Umar; Emir of Gwoza, Alhaji Muhammadu Shehu-Idrissa; Emir of Uba, Alhaji Ali Ismaila-Mamza; and Emir of Shani, Alhaji Muhammadu Mailafiya. (NAN)

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