Mohammed Abubakar, governor of Bauchi state, said 2 cars and power generator sets have been recovered from former government officials, who served in the immediate past administration. Abubakar explained the recovery was one of the ways he plans to fight corruption in the state, a promise he said he made in his inaugural address.“Ours was the first state to set up a committee with a retired air force general to recover property of government that were frittered away by officials of the former regime”, the governor stated.
“And in terms of vehicles, we have recovered 72 earlier taken away from the government.
“We have recovered quite a number of generators. At a point, 60 generators were bought by the former government and they distributed them to their friends, associates and I ordered for the retrieval of all them.”
Abubakar said he had already signed a register in his state in support of President Muhammadu Buhari’s ongoing anti-corruption war.
He said he was the first governor to sign the register which he said was produced my some young men in support of the government’s anti-graft war.
The governor who said his administration inherited five months salary arrears and N14bn unpaid gratuities noted that his state was part of those that benefited from the recent Federal Government’s bailouts.
“My state was part of the states that got the bailout. I inherited five months of unpaid salaries, I inherited N14bn gratuities unpaid between local governments and the state, and therefore I am one of the states that have applied to be assisted by the Federal Government of Nigeria.
“We are awaiting the finalisation of whatever will come. But I have kept faith with the civil service since I have taken over from the meager resources we have been generating and I have been paying salaries,” he said.