By; MOHAMMED KAWU, Bauchi
Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State has created an additional Ministry in the state called Ministry for Natural Resources, thus bringing the total ministries under his administration to twenty-one (21).
In the same vein, the governor appointed a commissioner to the new ministry in the person of Musa Mohammed Kirfi, who is a Geologist by profession and whose appointment on the wheel of oil and gas discovery in the state.
The Governor Wednesday sworn-in Kirfi as commissioner along with another new one, Dr. Aliyu Mohammed Maigoro, taking over the Ministry of Health from Hon. Auwal Mohammed Jatau who was recently elected as a member representing Zaki Federal Constituency in the 25th January, 2020 supplementary election conducted by INEC.
The Oath of Office and Allegiance was administered on the two new commissioners along with newly appointed Principal Private Secretary to the governor, Mr. Abdulhameed Nuruddeen by Justice Hamidu Kunaza on behalf of the State Chief Judge, Justice Rabi Umar.
The swearing-in the new appointees at the Banquet Hall of the Government House, Bauchi, Senator Bala Mohammed said it is an auspicious day in Bauchi as all the new sentries are young people representing the youths in the state.
The Governor noted that Bauchi is the first state in the Northeast in particular and North in general to have large deposits of hydrocarbon in terms of oil and gas prospecting, as well as larger deposits of solid minerals.
He said: “Although the issue of oil and gas and solid minerals are under the exclusive list of the constitution, we are going to establish a Ministry for Natural Resources and this young man, Kirfi is going to assist in making sure that we are not shortchanged.
“We will encourage our young people and businessmen to go into the solid minerals business and to ensure that we maximize the bounties that God has given us in Bauchi state.
“So, you (Commissioner) have a big task of establishing the proposed Petroleum Training Institute in Alkaleri to work with the Federal Ministry for Solid Minerals so that we can bring a new lease of life in terms of making sure that we are not shortchanged in the exploitation of our natural resources.”
The Governor, who expressed believes in giving equal opportunities to citizens to participate in governance, described the appointment of two commissioners and chief of staff, Government House to represent Bauchi federal constituency as justifiable.
According to him, Bauchi Local Government Area, which is the largest not only in the state but the country as a whole, will have two Commissioners, one within the township and the other, outside, pointing out that it is to show representation and appreciation for the role they played for him and for PDP administration, especially in his enthronement as governor through popular votes.
He also explained that the appointees were not brought into the cabinet because they are politicians but “We brought them because we believe apart from we politicians who won the elections, the people of Bauchi deserve good services.”
Mohammed remarked, “On their own part, they should know that they are here because we won elections on a party, they may not be politicians or belong to any political party, they should know that our own electorates know that we are in a political party”.
“We are not saying you register with the PDP, we are saying you show loyalty to our political manifesto which is aimed at making Bauchi better than we found it. Making sure we free resources so that we will be able to do much to fight corruption, ghost workers, poverty, among others.”
Senator Bala also said, “Our health services are in shambles, our Primary Health Centers are in bad shape, our hospitals in the local governments are bad”, and pledged his administration’s resolve one hospital in each Local Government Area of the state.
He therefore charged the new Commissioner of Health to prepare for the great task of improving the sector to which a State of Emergency has already been declared, as well as making the lives of the people better.