From Ahmad Mohammed, Bauchi
Bauchi State Government has reiterated its determination to diversify its economy through agriculture in order to be less dependent from the federation account.
The State Governor Senator Bala Muhammad Abdulkadir stated this Wednesday at a two -day retreat for members of the State Executive Council (SEC), Special Advisers, Permanent Secretaries, Heads of Extra-Ministerial Departments and Chairmen of LGAs organised by the State Government in its determination to have a robust service delivery and promote efficiency in public service .
Declaring open the retreat at the 500 Seater lecture theatre of Bauchi State University, Gadau (BASUG) , State Governor, Bala explained that the retreat was designed to awaken public servants and political appointees from slumber and ginger them to effectively perform their roles.
The Governor said that the state government has commenced the payment of N30,000 minimum wage as agreed with organized labour in the state stressing that his administration will ensure that salaries and allowances are paid promptly as at when due.
He stressed that payment of salaries and allowances by any government is not an achievement but a task that must be fulfilled because it is the right of every civil servant to be paid at the end of the month for working and delivering services for the good of the government and the people.
Bala said that “I want to say to the entire citizens of our state that with the distraction, crested by the needles litigation regarding my election, I hereby renew my pledge and promise to rededicate myself to the service of our great and proud state.
He said “let us together resolve that in the coming years, we will take advantage of the enormous God-given resources and our rich agricultural landscape to make Bauchi state less dependent on resources from the federation account”.
“I see a great future for our state, where education will chase away illiteracy, an enterprise will replace indolence; creativity will defeat mediocrity; prosperity will ban poverty and most importantly where peace will deal a decisive blow to insecurity. I invite all of you to come on board in this transcendental journey. We have given you the blueprint and the script. Together let us own the narrative “.
Chairman of the retreat, a one-time Secretary to the Federal Government Mahmood Yayale Ahmed lamented that the state is faced with a lot of challenges which include job creation through agriculture, entrepreneurship and industrialization; functional education and technological growth; Infrastructural development and maintenance; qualitative healthcare and social services; and Rural Development and community extension services.
Yayale who was once the head of the Federal Civil Service stated that the outcome of the retreat will be the reduction of tension and frictions which otherwise would undermine the smooth and collective conduct of government business and sub-optimize the vision of the Governor in exercising the mandate of the people of Bauchi State.
While stressing that though Bauchi state is blessed with abundant natural and human resources which if properly harnessed will lift the people out of poverty unto economic prosperity, he expressed confidence that the state government under Sen Bala Mohammed and his all-inclusive leadership will set into motion the right policies, machinery and programs in conformity with their vision and manifesto to achieve socio-economic growth and development for the state and improvement in the general well-being of the people.