By; MOHAMMED KAWU, Bauchi
Bauchi State Governor, Senator Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed has described the new Head of Service, Nasiru Mohammed Yelwa and four other Special Advisers as some of the major structures in the trans-sandal journey of taking Bauchi state to the next level.
Swearing-in the technocrats Friday, the Governor expressed dismay that Bauchi had in the past suffered neglect, saying however that he is not under estimating or blaming the modest contributions of his predecessors.
He therefore expressed gratitude to Allah, the entire people of the state and PDP family for bringing them to power under a popular election which they surmounted many obstacles.
The Governor noted that power or election is a burden that can be accountable to God and the electorate, saying the new Head of Service is chosen because of his capacity as one of the best in terms of human capital in the service, and not because of politics or balancing act.
According to him, they have since their inauguration with the deputy governor, Senator Baba Tela, making sure that their leadership recruitment drive is devoid of politics or sentiments, and have every confidence that the new appointees will make the required change in the service.
The Governor, who observed that morality and productivity in the service is low, hence the need to appoint people that will add value to service delivery and raise the morale of civil servants by paying them their dues in terms of salaries and wages, allowances, and promoting them to where they will take Bauchi to the next level.
He said the civil service has in the past suffered a lot of bash in, and export labour to national and international arena in terms of human capital.
Senator Bala Mohammed explained that the saddest thing today in Bauchi is that even a permanent secretary need some cuttings to become competent, hence the resolve by his administration to bring back some not tired retirees into the service.
“Bringing back the former Head of Service, Abdon Dalla Gin is a sacrifice on his part to reinvigorate the service, and curtail the prevalence of ghost workers, and the rising salaries of up to N7billion without corresponding increase in personnel emoluments, and employment”.
The governor added, “Even if you read medicine or engineering, you are not employed because the employment points have been filled by ghost workers over what they called replacement, so we must do something to our teeming youths who are educated, the number that none of them was employed since 2015”.
Turning to the Special Adviser on Multilateral and NGOs, Prof. Sani Abubakar Malami, the governor described him as a versatile technocrat, who is a professor of medicine and current President of Cancer Society of Nigeria.
He said with the high crave for alternative funding and resources, coupled with the difficult to satisfy templates of global donors, the need for knowledge-based person and somebody who is used to do the job cannot be over-emphasized.
“The WHO, UNICEF and World Bank have their templates and you need somebody who is familiar with those templates to access billions of naira for the state, because the monthly allocation from the federation account can only pay salaries of civil servants, and we need to build all the roads in Bauchi within the period of my tenure”.
While noticing that NGOs within and outside the state are ready to assist Bauchi but, “we must show seriousness, we must satisfy their requirements not only in terms of counterpart funding, but making sure that their monies have value and not going down the drain”, expressing concern that most of the monies that were in the past comes through donors were put in people’s pockets.
Other advisers sworn-in are Hon. Mohammed Sani Bura, a former lawmaker, former PDP State Secretary, and currently State Chairman of the Green Party of Nigeria (GPN), and Musa Haruna Shittu a former chairman of Zaki LG, former state lawmaker, former ANPP state chairman, and until his appointment a PDP chairman (Northern Zone).