By; MOHAMMED KAWU, Bauchi
Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State has observed that though the problem of ghost workers in the state has been substantially lessened, yet it stands that the magnitude of the problem has called for greater circumspection and out of the box thinking.
He expressed optimistic that given the tenacity of government’s partners and the resolve of all stakeholders who are all on the same page, all the problems associated with the nominal and payrolls are being tackled headlong and with great success.
The Governor, while welcoming the citizens into the Gregorian new year 2021, expressed optimism that Nigerians generally irrespective of their differences will be united in ushering in what he hopefully should be, the dawn of a new era, and a new year of restoration and revival.
Mohammed recalled that the preceding year 2020 confronted Nigerians with daunting health, economic, security and social challenges, and therefore congratulated the people of the state in particular, for overcoming the myriad of challenges in that year.
“Never before have the people been so gruesomely tested; from Yellow and Lassa Fevers, to the Covid-19 virus, from the slowdown in the economy and ecological disasters, to ever looming security challenges.
He however expressed that the people took it all in stride, relying on their historical resilience and a rich heritage of trust in the Almighty God who, through the intervention of religious and traditional rulers and men and women of goodwill, spared Bauchi state the unfortunate ordeal of succumbing to these vicissitudes.
According to the governor, no matter the orchestrations and drama of politics, one can confidently say that Bauchi state is the quintessence of the triumph of politics of engagement, collaboration and stake-holding over the politics of division and rancour.
“Thus, like adversaries in a shipwreck, we were acutely aware that our survival depended on our ability to confront our monsters together; quite often, hunger, disease, unemployment, natural disasters and insecurity respect no boundaries or recognize any distinctions.
He assured the civil servants that government will take a decisive step to free the nominal and pay rolls from fraudsters, stressing, “By the grace of God, we will resolve this issue by the First Quarter of 2021 and utilize the savings from the exercise to employ our Youths”.
The governor also gave another resolution of the new year which is the provision of welfare package to vulnerable citizens in order to reduce poverty, and stressed the need for improved social safety nets that protect the weak, aged and vulnerable from unforeseen socio-economic shocks of gargantuan nature.
2021 will be for Bauchi state, a year of consolidation on the gains of 2020 by putting it on the path of growth, development and prosperity.
He appealed for the prayers, cooperation and understanding of traditional rulers, religious leaders, stakeholders and politicians across party affiliations for peace, tranquility and prosperity to reign supreme in the state in particular and the country at large.