Bauchi State Governor, Senator Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed, on Monday, took a swipe at native authorities chairmen within the state and declared that they didn’t have capability for autonomy however had been solely after cash not the challenges.
The governor made the declaration on the Authorities Home, Bauchi, throughout a gathering he held with the council bosses and different high authorities officers, together with some chosen commissioners on the deteriorating safety within the state.
The governor mentioned regardless of telling the chairmen to be holding common safety conferences with safety companies of their domains, they refused to take action however as an alternative look as much as him to deal with safety challenges of their areas.
He declared that some council officers, together with ministries’ officers, in addition to conventional establishments connived with some unhealthy parts to trigger bother in communities.
In his phrases: “We’re going to focus on all these points. Land hypothesis within the areas the place our forest reserves are being destroyed. Bandits come and take territorial possessions after being offered proper of approach by you as a result of the native authorities there are beneath you.
“All these are there. We’re additionally going to debate problems with your autonomy. It might seem you don’t even have capability for the autonomy we’re providing you with.
“You’re solely after the cash, not the challenges. You’ll be able to see how we’re utilizing very small assets to do quite a lot of issues. We’ve got to try this in some circumstances. You say I’ve not been given cash, the factor you’ve been given is what you’ve, that’s what we’ve got been given too on the state degree.
“The commissioners liable for all these are right here, particularly native authorities and housing and setting, and tradition and tourism, it’s unacceptable. Even when the commissioners weren’t there, the everlasting secretaries had been there. That’s the reason the pinnacle of service is right here.”
Governor Mohammed informed the assembly that he needed to know the folks behind the restriction of forest reserves within the state, notably in Ningi and Toro Native Authorities Areas.
In response to him, “I wish to know who’re these behind the destruction of our forest reserves, particularly in Ningi and Toro Native Governments. They have to be fished out instantly.”
Whereas saying that Nigeria belongs to everybody, the governor declared that folks couldn’t simply come to the state and began felling timber indiscriminately.
“And people settlers that got here with out authority, I’m not saying folks can’t come and settle, however we should know, we can’t destroy the forest.
“Nigeria is for everyone, folks can come, however you can’t come and be falling timber. In between them, there are criminals, hooligans and charlatans,” Governor Mohammed declared.
He knowledgeable that the assembly would focus on, other than safety points, initiatives and programmes the state authorities would implement along with the native governments.
He declared that from the way in which he was seeing issues, the council chairmen didn’t have the capability.
“We’re going to focus on these three main points with you and naturally a few of the initiatives and programmes that we’re going to do with you as a result of we’ve got freed some assets which you’ll do.
“From the way in which native authorities chairmen are behaving, it could seem that they don’t have the capability to do it. Until they provide me assurances the cash I’m taking I’ll return it again. It’s not simply the goody goody.
“You could take the gauntlet of duty. The assembly is simply going to debate the difficulty of insecurity, land hypothesis, after all initiatives and programmes within the native governments together with the difficulty of autonomy and the joint initiatives that you’re doing, which is completely yours after which to see the specifics of these initiatives.”
He directed that native authorities councils ought to henceforth begin paying their employees’ wage, including that the state authorities couldn’t proceed to enhance their salaries for them any longer.
“From this time on, I would like you to start out paying your salaries. I’m bored with the treasury micro managing your salaries and you’re blaming them for ghost employees.
“You’ll take duty in your assets. What you don’t know, we increase salaries of sure native governments, whereas some have sufficient. We cannot proceed to take from Paul to pay Peter.
“We will likely be providing you with your cash and it’s best to know find out how to put it to use. The place you can’t then you must eliminate the excesses of expenditure. The scenario whereby Bauchi is spending about 5 hundred million naira on salaries a month is unacceptable.
“300 million naira will not be sufficient to pay salaries in Toro as a result of there are lifeless folks and the remaining, folks dwelling in Abuja and accumulating salaries and you already know them and this ought to be stopped by the treasury, they’ve refused to do it, and you’ve got given me assurances that you’re going to do it.”
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