By G9ija

Borno State Government has called for partnership with traditional rulers in the implementation of the state’s recently launched 25-year Development Plan and 10-year Strategic Transformation Plan.

The Commissioner for Local Government and Emirates Affairs, Alhaji Sugun Mai-Mele, made the call yesterday at a meeting with monarchs in Maiduguri.

He said as custodians of the people’s culture and tradition and being closer to the grassroots, the traditional rulers have key role to play in social re-orientation, which is key to the successful implementation of the plan.

He hailed the traditional institution in the state for its sustained support to the implementation of laudable government policies and programmes and urged it to sustain the tempo, particularly at this critical time of the state government’s commitment to restore the honour, dignity and prosperity of the state, after a decade of insurgency.

The Special Adviser to the Borno State Governor on Sustainable Development, Dr. Mairo Mandara, stressed the role of the girl-child in facilitating development and the need to improve enrolment in schools.

The Shehu of Borno, Alhaji Abubakar Umar-Garbai, assured the government of the traditional institution’s commitment in facilitating the implementation of the development plan.

He, however, called for more funding of the institution for optimal performance.