From Dauda Pam, Maiduguri
Borno State government convened its maiden State Executive Council retreat in Damasak,a former stronghold of Boko Haram criminals,aimed at acquainting the top brass of the government on the realities of post insurgency challenges of reconstruction, rehabilitation and resettlement processes.
Speaking at the retreat which held at the Conference Hall of the Mabbar Local Government Secretariat, Damasak, the Borno State Governor, Professor Babagana Umata Zulum,while speaking at the retreat,said, “you would be wandering why we brought this retreat to Damasak. This is to remind us of the enormous challenges of insurgency and governance in crisis “.
Held at the conference Hall of Mabbar Local Government Secretariat in Damasak, Prof. Zulum,further remarked,” retreats are usually carried out in serene and comfort zones. We may hold this retreat in Obudu Cattle Range but we are holding this retreat in Damasak which used to be a stronghold of BokoHaram insurgency, is to remind us that governance is not about comfort alone “.
He said “ we are here to stay for few days but our mothers, fathers sisters and brothers are permanently living here. Many decisions are taken in serene environments, but I am of the view that some time better decisions are taken, even in crisis environments.”
“We are gathered here to bring us face to face with reality of the security challenges we found ourselves in. On our way coming, we saw mstny villages and towns that use to be beehive of activities but are now deserted and shadows of themselves, “ Prof. Zulum lamented.
Earlier in a welcome address, the Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Usman Jidda Shuwa, said “ it is indeed a global best practice for political leaders and business executives to go on retreat away from familiar working environment and routine social and domestic pressures to serene locations to brainstorm on policy issues and come up with pragmatic strategy for effective and efficient programme implementation. This practice was abandoned for years even before the security challenges. We sincerely appreciate the ingenuity and foresightedness of Governor Zulum. for reintroducing this activity. “
“The current political disposition, the momentum and style of leadership requires a serious reorientation of all of us. we need to understand the philosophy of the new leader, the goals and objectives before we can be effective members of transformation team, “ Alhaji Shuwa said.
Also, the Borno state Commissioner for Information, Alhaji Babakura Abba Jatau, said “ the reason of being here is for His Excellency to tell us how to go about implementing his ten point agenda.