Since the death of Zannah Mustapha on August 15, Borno State has been without a deputy governor. The wait is now almost over though, as Gov. Kashim Shettima has nominated the immediate past commissioner for Poverty Alleviation and Youths Empowerment, Alhaji Usman Mamman Durkwa, as new deputy governor of the state.
A statement issued by the governor’s spokesman, Malam Isa Gusau, confirmed that Shettima forwarded Durkwa’s name to the speaker of the state House of Assembly, through a letter, on Monday.
Shettima, according to the statement, acted in accordance with the powers conferred on him by Section 191 Sub-Section (3) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (As Amended).
“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. 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 statement quoted the governor as saying in his letter to the Assembly speaker.