Borno State Governor, Prof. Babagana Umara said the state was ready to embrace science and technology to position for greatness.
In order to achieve this, the governor on Wednesday announced the creation of a new ministry, Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MSTI); which is aimed at enhancing the socioeconomic development processes of state.
The governor, who made the announcement at the swearing in of 22 commissioners, said the new ministry would position the state to make the use and develop technology.
He said the ministry would allow for the implementation through appropriate technological inputs into productive activities of various sectors of economy.
He said the new ministry will be saddled with utilization of modern technology in the effective management of government activities.
He said the activities of the new ministry will include; revenue generation and electronic information dissemination to various government Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs).
He said: “”This new Ministry is to establish and maintain mechanism for empowering youths in skills acquisition, entrepreneurial development and vocational/technical trainings.”
The governor also revealed that the ministry, is also to “promote and harness science and
technology research” for socioeconomic development, job and wealth creation.
He therefore, directed the Secretary to the State Government, Usman Shuwa to re-adjust the mandates of the Ministry of Poverty
Alleviation and Education to facilitate the takeoff of Science and Technology Ministry.
Umara said: “I have also directed the transfer of the mandate of Youth Empowerment
from Ministry of Poverty Alleviation to that of Sports.””
The governor said the Ministry of Land and Survey will be transformed into an efficient and scientific outfit using the Geographical Information Systems (GIS) under the office of Executive Governor.
He however said the task of building Borno, is a collective responsibilities of Commissioners, by putting their heads together for
effective discharge of their respective duties.
He told the new commissioners that: “We must emphasize complimentary of functions and responsibilities.
“There is the need for the cooperation, understanding and commitment of every one of you; so that collectively we deliver our promises to improve living conditions of our people.”
On budgetary implementation, the governor said: “Any request for funds must be supported by budgetary provision in line with the due process; and for the avoidance of virements to ensure budget discipline.”
He told them that: “You are to operate an open door policy with free flow of information and in accordance with laid down rules and
He instructed them to operate from their ministries and not to frequent Government House, except on invitations or emergencies.
He also charged them to ensure that all civil servants are assigned appropriate schedules of duty for effective monitoring and supervision.
He called on the residents of the state to re-dedicate towards achieving the 10-point
agenda of his government in order to get improved living conditions.