Governor Shettima names late Borno deputy governor successor

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Borno State Governor, Alhaji Kashim Shettima on Monday announced former Commissioner for Poverty Alleviation and Youths Empowerment, Alhaji Usman Mamman Durkwa for the vacant deputy governor seat in the state.
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Durkwa will take over the deputy governor’s office following the death of Alhaji Zannah Umar Mustapha who passed away less than two months ago in August 15th in a hotel room while on an official assignment in Yola.

In a letter signed by his spokesman to the Governor, Malam Isa Gusau confirmed that the name of Durkwa was addressed to the speaker, Borno State House of Assembly by the state governor as his nominee seeking the approval of the Assembly on Monday.

“I have the honour to convey vide this letter the name of Hon. Usman Mamman Durkwa for confirmation as Deputy Governor of Borno State following the demise of Alhaji Zannah Umar Mustapha on 15th August, 2015,” the governor stated in the letter.

‎”I wish to reassure the Honourable House of the continuous cooperation of the executive arm and solicit for confirmation of the nominee, please. Please accept the assurances of my highest consideration.”

The governor’s spokesman further said: “Given the very respectful and cordial working relationship between the executive and legislative arms of government in Borno State, Governor Shettima looks forward to the Assembly’s accelerated consideration and kind approval.”

The governor reassured on his pledge to stand by the late deputy governor’s family and urged youths not to take advantage of the appointment to erupt crisis under the guise of celebrations, warning that any act of lawlessness will not be tolerated by security agencies.

Until his nomination, Durkwa, is a seasoned politician that has stay in corridors of power since 2003 when he was first appointed as commissioner by Senator Ali Modu Sheriff. He headed different ministries, which include land and survey, environment and religious affairs, since his first appointment.