Bauchi governor Bala Mohammed accuses predecessors of massive fraud

Bauchi governor Bala Mohammed accuses predecessors of massive fraud

- Senator Bala Mohammed is celebrating one year in office as Governor of Bauchi state

- But Mohammed is displeased with his predecessors for wasting the northern state's funds

- The governor, however, assured residents in the state that his administration would do better even despite the current coronavirus pandemic

The Bauchi state governor, Bala Mohammed, has accused former rulers of the northern state of massive fraud, The Guardian has reported.

Governor Mohammed said his predecessors were unable to carry out any viable projects during their time in office because they spent state funds lavishly.

Mohammed, speaking during a media chat on Saturday, May 31 to mark his first year in office, accused former governors of apportioning 10 times the proper amount for travels, especially trips to Abuja.

“Just to go to Abuja, they spent N50m. It is there on record. My protocol takes take N3m to N5m to go with me. If you take N50m times four, that is N200m. You can’t do any project,” he said.

The governor did not specify which former rulers he meant. notes that since the return to democracy in 1999, Bauchi state has had four governors, of which Mohammed is the fourth and incumbent. Three of them ruled as PDP governors and one as APC.

On his part, Governor Mohammed unseated All Progressives Congress (APC's) Mohammed Abdullahi Abubakar in the March 2019 elections to assume office.

Before Abubakar was Isa Yuguda, who was voted in on the platform of the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) in 2007 but later joined PDP in 2009 and remained in the party until he left office after a second term in 2015. He joined the APC in 2018.

Ahmad Adamu Mu'azu preceded Yuguda. He was governor from 1999 to 2007 on the platform of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and was later chairman of the opposition party's National Working Committee.

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Governor Mohammed assured residents of Bauchi that his own administration would perform better even though the current outbreak of coronavirus is causing heavy losses.

Just recently Bauchi state caused a stir when the Primary HealthCare Development Agency (PHCDA) claimed that coronavirus patients in the state were being treated like kings.

Dr Rilwanu Mohammed, executive chairman of the agency, who made the claim, said the state government spends N1,500 per single meal for COVID-19 patients on admission in the state.

He said Governor Mohammad gave the directives in order to ensure that all the COVID-19 patients in the state were well fed.

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