By; MOHAMMED KAWU, Bauchi
The transition committee in Gombe has described as outrageous the N110 billion debt profile of the state compared to the government’s revenue profile.
The committee chairman, Muhammad Kabir Ahmad, who did not disclosed the revenue profile of the state, said however that the cumulative debt of N110 billion is heavy for the incoming APC administration.
Presenting the report to the governor-elect, Inuwa Yahya, the committee chairman noted that the incoming administration has a huge task of addressing the challenges for the state, especially in such areas as education, civil service, water supply and youth empowerment.
Alhaji Muhammad Ahmad lamented that 65% of teachers in Bauchi state were unqualified, as 77% of primary school age children are out of school.
The governor-elect, Inuwa Yahya has in a remark noted that all was not well with governance in the state, particularly the state civil service.
He frowned that the out-going administration led by Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo failed to submit handing over notes to the transition committee.
According to the governor-elect, the incoming administration will employ all means necessary to put Gombe state back on track.
“The out-going administration did not accord to the sectoral committees the desired cooperation and assistance where it was needed most in terms of allowing them to have direct interaction and interface with relevant government functionaries in order to have first-hand information and data for use by them”.
“Most sectoral committees had to rely on inter-personal relationship with government functionaries, their past experience, their personal knowledge to prevailing circumstances, among other things, to produce their reports”