Bala Mohammed takes oath of office, says Bauchi has N136bn debt

Bala Mohammed takes oath of office, says Bauchi has N136bn debt

- Governor Bala Mohammed said his government will inherit N136 billion debt from his predecessor

- The Bauchi governor made this known immediately he takes oath of office alongside his deputy

- Bala Mohammed also gave an assurance that under his watch civil servants’ salaries will not be delayed

The governor of Bauchi state, Alhaji Bala Mohammed, on Wednesday, May 29, took his oath of office and was sworn in on Wednesday at Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Stadium, Bauchi.

The Independent National Election Commission on March 26 declared Mohammed, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the winner of the Bauchi state governorship election after a protracted contest.

NAN had reported that Mohammed polled 515,113 votes to defeat the incumbent governor, Alhaji Muhammed Abubakar of All Progressives Congress, who polled 500, 625 votes.

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The election first conducted on March 9 was declared inconclusive and subsequently numerous controversies followed, among which was the suspension of counting of ballots.

Legit.ng gathers that Mohammed took the oath of office at 11.39am after his deputy, Alhaji Baba Tela, had taken the oath at 11.17am.

The acting chief judge of Bauchi state, Justice Rabi Umar, administered the oath on the governor and his deputy.

The governor said after the swearing-in ceremony that he inherited a debt of N96 billion from the previous administrations.

He claimed that the immediate past administration incurred additional N40 billion to bring the figure to N136 billion.

He said: “The unfortunate impact of this is that debt servicing will now significantly encroach on funds and short-change our cash flow.

“It means we shall be compelled to seek financial support for ambitious economic recovery plan; the difference however is that for every naira we attract, there shall be commensurate return on investment.''

He gave an assurance that under his watch civil servants’ salaries would be on first line charge.

The governor said steps would be taken through a committee of all stakeholders to devise ways and means of ensuring regular payment of gratuities of workers and settle outstanding balances.

Mohammed said his administration would focus on completing on-going projects as well as executing news ones.

He pledged to involve technocrats and professionals across party lines and labour leaders to draw up agenda that would jump start the economic transformation plan of his administration.

He commended the people for their sacrifice during the general elections, saying the doggedness of the leaders of PDP made the current change of leadership in the state possible.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that it was a fanfare in Port Harcourt as Governor Nyesom Wike officially took oath of office as governor of Rivers state for another four-year term.

Governor Wike, who was re-elected during the 2019 governorship election, was sworn-in into office on Wednesday, May 29, alongside his deputy, Ipalibo Harry Banigo.

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