Kashim Shettima’s Assiduity Amid Insurgency, By Malam MB
NEWS DIGEST – His Excellency Governor Kashim Ibrahim Shettima of Borno State has indubitably performed beyond what Nigerians thought possible.
Kashim Shettima emerged as the Governor of Borno State back in 2011 amid Boko Haram insurgency.
The Bornoan people and Nigerians in general thought Governor Shettima would perform woefully but he proved himself to them.
The way other Nigerian Governors drive much pleasure in using insecurity to get away with public treasury has painted an ugly picture of some innocent leaders.
Despite Boko Haram insurgency, Governor Shettima didn’t relent in his efforts in ensuring the felt needs of his people were satisfied.
Security being the first function of government, the Borno State government under the leadership of Kashim Shettima gave support to security agencies while solely funding the activities of the youth vigilante group (Civilian-JTF), who worked indefatigably to do away with Boko Haram insurgents.
The government efforts on this note helped in restoring normalcy in most parts of Maiduguri, the state capital.
Secondly, education is the bedrock of every development in the whole world and that was why Governor Shettima didn’t take it lightly, in 2014 whilst Boko Haram insurgency was at its zenith most public schools were closed until 2016 when many were reopened through Shettima’s efforts.
Governor Shettima foresaw that the only way to counter strategy to Boko Haram ideology is by promoting education and that induced him to rehabilitate many schools damaged by Boko Haram and he built myriad model schools to provide quality education mostly to children of the poor, and those who became orphans as a result of the insurgency.
The schools will provide free education, uniforms, sandals, and meal for students and non-boarding students will be furnished with bicycles.
Some of the schools built by the Governor were named after Muhammadu Buhari, Yemi Osinbajo, Babagana Kingibe, late Mala Kachalla, Asheik Jarma, late Ibrahim Damchida, and Aliko Dangote.
Thirdly, Governor Shettima didn’t neglect the health sector, he built many hospitals with modern facilities across the state.
Fourthly, as Abraham Maslaw stated in theory of needs that the basic human need is “Shelter” and that was why Shettima took housing projects seriously in his administration and he built thousands of houses across the state that would accommodate both the IDPs and the civil servants of his state.
In Governor Shettima’s penchant to revamp the economy of Borno State, he made sure that youths were engaged in interlocking bricks that were used in landscaping most parts of Maiduguri.
He built Borno State Industrial Hub, targeting manufacturing plants which produce plastic mats, PVCs, candies, sacks, biscuits, and cassava powder.
Governor Shettima’s thirst to rebuild Borno galvanised him into creating the Ministry of Reconstruction, Rehabilitation and Resettlement that was saddled with the responsibility of rebuilding all public buildings and homes of displaced people.
In view of the foregoing, no Governor in Nigeria should be allowed to use insecurity and be a bull in a china shop, citizens must take note!
In my humble opinion, Kashim Ibrahim Shettima of Borno State is the best Governor in Nigeria.