Borno state governor, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum, has directed over 710 scrap vehicles abandoned by various agencies in the state to be auctioned.
The governor gave the directive on Wednesday when he inspected over 700 vehicles recovered from various government ministries and agencies of the state.
Governor Zulum while commending the committee on evacuation, repairs and auction of grounded vehicles, warned that any government official found to be diverting such vehicles shall be dismissed from service.
“You are working assiduously with a view to moving the state forward, we have seen your courage, we have seen your determination on ensuring the restoration of good ethics in our civil service.
“It is disheartening to note that a total number of 710 vehicles that were abandoned by the various government agencies across the state were assembled by this very important committee.
He said it was more disheartening that among these vehicles, there were brand new ones which had never been utilised. There were more than one hundred which were not used for more than one year.
“Lack of maintenance culture, lack of commitment is killing our state, the statistics is very scaring. It is revealed that we have more than 200 tractors abandoned because of minor faults.”
“If you go to some parts of Borno Central, like my local government Mafa, there are about 21 abandoned tractors. I have seen some in Dikwa and many other local government areas,” he said.
Briefing the governor, the committee chairman, Engr. Lawan Abba Wakilbe, informed him that they had recovered 100 obsolete Peugeot 505,404 and 504, 100 scrap vehicles without engines, 75 buses of various categories, 45 four wheel drive pickup, 21 diesel ambulances, 21trucks, 19 various models of Jeep, 15 luxurious buses, seven old model land rover, nine road construction machineries, 16 generators of various capacities and five transformers.
Engr. Wakilbe added that the committee after technical assessment recommended that all obsolete, scrap vehicles and equipment beyond economic repairs be handed over to the registered auctioneers for sell to the general public.