From Ahmad Mohammed, Bauchi
Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi state on Wednesday evening sought for the support of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) in the ongoing fight against ghost workers and other irregularities in the state civil service.
The Governor made the request when the newly elected officials of the Nigeria Union of Journalits Bauchi State Council paid him a courtesy visit at the Council Chamber, Government House, Bauchi.
Governor Bala stressed the need for journalists in the state to sensitize citizens on the motive behind the ongoing verification exercise in the state in order to tackle the challenges facing the sector.
He said to serve as deterrent to others, his administration is taken measures to prosecute those involved in fraud and any case of ghost workers in the payroll.
The Governor said the state government has already established a portal for workers who fell that they are cheated or maltreated in the ongoing verification exercise to enable them advance their complaints.
“We have so much issues in our payroll, I request my colleagues in the media to assist me in the ongoing BVN verification for us to free resources to allow us employ new ones in the system.”
“I am so much happy that, today members of my profession are visiting me in Government House. Journalism is the only profession that I always wanted to be.”
Governor Bala assured the NUJ that when completed, journalists in Bauchi will benefit from the construction of 2500 housing scheme as part of his contribution towards addressing their plight.
The Governor said as veteran journalist, his administration in collaboration with NUJ will in every end of the year, select some outstanding journalists for award presentation based on performance.
“I challenge the NUJ to be selecting some of our young journalists who are committed to their assigned responsibilities for an award presentation in order to burst their morals with a view to encouraging performance and competition.”
On the requests of NUJ , notably the digitization of the state owned media outfits and employment of qualified workers in the industry, the Governor said the state government is working to overcome the shortage of manpower and equipments in the organisations.
In appreciation for the NUJ’s visit, Governor Bala Mohammed donated a 406 vehicle to the State Council of the Union.