Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum on Wednesday, directed the ministry for local government and emirate affairs to immediately release to elected chairmen, all funds allocated to the 27 local government councils from the federation account.
Zulum, who gave the directive during the swearing-in of the 27 elected chairmen of local government areas, said the order was important so they could begin to impact lives at the grassroots.
The chairmen included two university professors and PhD holders.
He however called on the elected officials to discharge their duties with the fear of God, but without fear or favour.
The governor charged all the chairmen to operate in their respective local government headquarters that are in safe.
According to him, governance will not make sense if chairmen choose to operate from Maiduguri whereas those who cast votes for them live in local government areas outside Maiduguri.
Zulum noted that the chairmen need to live and operate from the midst of their people in order to know problems of the moments and address them.
He recalled that election was not conducted in the state for over 10 years, due to lingering security situation in Borno.
SWITCH NIGERIA also recalls that while the elections were going on, Boko Haram terrorists slaughtered 43 rice farmers in Zabarmari, Jere local government area of the state.