- Governor Mohammed of Bauchi has expressed gratitude to the people of the state for electing him
- The newly sworn-in governor said he would do things more differently and work hard to ensure that workers' salaries are paid on time
- Mohammed also added that he did not contest to acquire personal things, but to give people the dividends of democracy
Senator Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed, the newly elected governor of Bauchi state, has said that he was overwhelmed with a strong sense of humility when he was announced the winner of the state’s governorship election.
The newly elected governor said this during an interview with Daily Trust, where he also spoke about the various challenges he encountered.
Mohammed also said that his electoral victory cuts across tribal, religious and even party lines, adding that has given him a strong sense of responsibility.
“I am very grateful to the people of Bauchi state for electing me. I know they did that with a very high sense of expectations and of course I cannot afford to fail them because they have rejected a governor who was elected four years ago.
"My election cuts across tribal, religious and even party lines. So, I have a burden of carrying everybody along,” he said.
The governor said he will work hard to ensure salaries are paid even with the knowledge that the state in recent past, before his administration, borrowed N3 billion to pay salaries.
He said: “With the hindsight of the fact that we borrow N3 billion to pay salaries because our personnel emoluments have risen from N2.5 billion in a month to over N5 billion while we get an average of about N6 billion from the federation account, it is an arduous task.
“We must do more differently to make sure that we pay salaries and of course provide dividends of democracy…”
The governor added that he did not contest to rule the state so that he can build a house or acquire a car, but to work hard not to disappoint the people who he would have to face in 2023 if he performs badly.
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In his words: “I did not contest for the governorship to build a house or buy a car. I came out in order to work for the people of Bauchi state.
“I came with a clean heart and I will not disappoint them Insha Allah. Because I know, if I disappoint them, I will have to face them in 2023 and they will vent their anger through their votes. That is for sure.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that minutes after he defeated incumbent governor, Mohammed Abdullahi Abubakar, the governor-elect of Bauchi state, Senator Bala Mohammed, released his very first address to the people of the state in the form of an acceptance speech.
Mohammed, who won the governorship election on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), said he was humbled realising that the people see him fit to lead the state out of its current challenges.
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