SHARANA (Pajhwok): The new governor for southeastern Paktia province on Saturday officially took charge, vowing to work in areas of security, reconstruction and other key sectors.
Zalmai Weesa, the new governor, was introduced to gathering of government officials, lawmakers, tribal elders and civil society activists.
Speaking on the occasion, Weesa said it would be his first experience to work as a civilian administrator but hoped he would be able to gradually resolve problems in the province.
The former military official said it was not possible to implement development projects until there was security. Besides security, he said working in areas of reconstruction, education and other key sectors would be his priority.
The governor also said he would seriously combat corruption and would allow no one to illegally interfere in departments.
Weesa said he had spent years in the military and had no connection with a particular group and would never come under pressure from anyone.
Provincial council head Amir Behramzoy said all the people of Paktia were ready for cooperation with the new governor.
He urged the governor to work for unity among tribes and resume work on incomplete projects.
Tribal elder and former provincial council chief Khaista Jan Ahadi said administrative corruption remained a huge challenge and the new governor should combat it.