Zulum meets new EU head
Wants local contractors involved in intervention projects
By Sadiq Abubakar
Borno state Governor, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum on Thursday in Abuja, visited newly deployed Head of European Union’s Cooperation unit in Nigeria, Mrs Cecile Tassin-Pelzer.
Zulum, during his visit to the EU house, made a strong appeal for involvement of local contractors in implementation of intervention projects in Borno.
The Governor made a case for additional developmental projects in the state, even as he commended the EU for their tremendous support.
Zulum also raised concerns on accountability in execution of various developmental projects by partners and INGOs.
The governor congratulated and welcomed the new EU head to Nigeria, pledging full cooperation.
“Since I was a commissioner, I have been having good working relationship with the EU. I am fundamentally here to congratulate you and welcome you to Nigeria”, Zulum said.
Zulum commended the immediate past head of Cooperation, Mr. Kurt Cornelis, for his outstanding working relationship.
Governor Zulum was accompanied by his Special Adviser and coordinator on SDGs, Dr. Mairo Mandara.
Responding, Mrs Tassin-Pelzer assured of a good working relationship with the government of Borno state.
She also assured the Governor, that Nigeria is still considered as priority country for humanitarian and development programmes.
Mrs Tassin-Pelzer had served for three years in Senegal before deployment to Nigeria.