Sani Muhammad Sani
Governor Bello Mohammed Matawalle has called on Directors-General, Senior Special Assistants and other senior Government officials to always be the eyes of Government in curtailing the menace of banditry and other henious crimes in the state.
The Governor gave the charge while hosting Directors-General and Senior Special Assistants to the Governor to Ramadan Breakfast Wednesday at his residence to mark the end of the fourth Day of Ramadan fast.
He informed them that as Government appointees, they are Representatives of the state government in all aspects hence the need for them to redouble efforts in assisting the government to achieve its set objectives.
He also called on the Directors-General and Senior Special Assistants to be responsible for the welfare and safety of their communities, pointing out that government officials are always lagging in meaningful contributions in addressing insecurity affecting the state.
Governor Matawalle warned political office holders to always be closer to their people, and wondered why political appointees are shunning away from their immediate communities.
The Governor enjoined them to ensure their offices and telephone lines are accessible to their people so as to collectively monitor what is happening in the rural areas, especially as regards to activities of bandits and other criminal activities.
He directed the state Ministry of Finance not to pay salaries of staff until respective commissioners, permanent secretaries and the directors-general endorsed the exact number of staff who reported to work, adding that heads of Ministries and agencies should ensure routine verification of staff on daily basis.
Earlier, the chairman of Directors General forum Alhaji Idris Garba Rikiji who spoke on behalf of DGs and SSAs Forum assured the Governor of their unflinching support and cooperation for the overall development of the state.