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Bauchi Gov, Abubakar, Slashes Spending By 50%

Posted: Jun 12, 2015 at 3:55 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Patience Ogbodo-Iwuagwu, Bauchi

THE Bauchi State governor, Mohammed Abdullahi Abubakar, has cut down government spending by 50 per cent in an effort to offset the N125 billion debt left by the immediate past administration.

The governor also promised to pay workers salaries before the commencement of the Ramadan fast to reduce hardship of the civil servants and by extension the people of the state.

Abubakar stated ihis on Friday June 12, 2015 when he received in audience the officials of Jahunawa Socio Cultural Association who were on a courtesy visit in his office in Bauchi.

He said the payment would reduce the suffering of workers and the people of the state.

Abubakar attributed the huge backlog of salaries owed workers to administration problems of the immediate past government.


“It was unfortunate that government official connived with politicians to spend money from government treasure in the name of religion, where Mosques in the state are allocated N100,000 and the allowance of the distribution committee is reading N600,000.This is ungodly and unIslamic,” he said.

Abubakar said the government would reduce cost of governance and as part of the change, his administrator has cut up 50 per cent of the running of Government House from what obtained during the last administration.

He also stressed that unnecessary feeding, hosting of government guests and travels would be reduced.

Earlier, the chairman of Jahunawa Socio Cultural Organisation, Salisu Lukman, had described Abubakar is one of their members and part of the association and the Jahun/Galadima legendary, who are the first settlers of Bauchi.

He said they were at the Government House to congratulate the governor and to collaborate with him in the development of the state.

He expressed worry over the state of Bauchi’s treasury as well as other challenges of the new government, even as he assured the governor of the group’s prayers to move the state forward.