The Borno State governor, Prof. Babagana Umara Zulum, on Wednesday presided over the swearing-in of 27 elected local government chairmen, among them two professors and doctorate degree holders, thereby raising the standard of leadership at the third tier of government in the state.
One of the professors is Adamu Alooma, a Professor of Banking and Finance, also former Dean, at the Faculty of Management Sciences in University of Maiduguri, and now chairman of the Damboa local government.
The second professor is Ibrahim Bukar, a Professor of Education, formerly with the University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID), sworn in as chairman of Gwoza Local Government.
Both Professors took part in the recent LG elections held on November 28, during which the All Progressives Congress (APC) won with landslide.
Also sworn in was a PhD holder, Ali Lawan Yaumi, for Magumeri local government, as well as other holders of post graduate and first degrees, and experienced grassroots politicians.
Zulum, in his speech, recalled that local government election was not conducted in the state for over 10 years due to lingering security situation.
He congratulated the chairmen, he reminded them of the major tasks ahead, which they could only do with resources at their disposal.
Zulum directed the Ministry for Local Government and Emirate Affairs to immediately release to the chairmen all funds allocated to the 27 local government councils from the Federation Account so they could begin to impact lives at the grassroots.
He urged them to discharge their duties with the fear of God, and without fear or favour.