The Governor of Bauchi State, Mohammed Abubakar has told Nigerians to reduce their high expectations of the All Progressives Congress’ led administration, stressing that there is no magician in the party.
He opined that the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, had used 16 years to create the mess the APC is trying to clean up.
Abubakar, in an interview with The Punch in Abuja, explained that it would be wrong to pass judgment on the APC-led government which has spent less than 10 months in power.
He said, “It is unfair for the APC government to be judged. People have forgotten that the PDP held sway for 16 years. Therefore, people should not expect magic from the APC. We are committed. You can see from the time we took over that even oil, which price has been dwindling, has started to rise due to the efforts of Mr. President.
“So, people should not be impatient. People should give us at least 16 years and see if we would not remove the rot that the PDP had caused. It is unfair for Nigerians to judge us in eight or nine months. I am assuring Nigerians that the APC government at the centre is on course and all the APC governments in the states will deliver Insha Allah.”
The governor further disclosed that he was forced to investigate the immediate past administration in his state in order to recover public property looted by those who betrayed public trust.
He revealed that the investigations so far carried out by a high-powered committee he set up, has recovered looted public property, and also uncover 19,000 ghost workers.
He pointed out that the people of the state deserved to know how their affairs were being managed.
He added, “We are probing the last administration and a lot of revelations have so far been made. Right now, I have a high-powered committee that is investigating all contracts from 2007 to 2015.
“This is after I set up a public property recovery committee under (the chairmanship of) a retired Air Commodore that has succeeded in recovering a lot of property that were earlier carted away.”
He said the ghost workers were discovered after his administration insisted on the use of the Bank Verification Numbers to authenticate those on its payroll.
Abubakar maintained that he had stopped the use of cash to pay salaries.
He said that as from February, all public servants at the state and local government levels should receive their salaries through allocated banks.
He pointed out that his administration would use the findings of its investigating committee as a basis to call in the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to prosecute the indicted persons and recover the public property in the hands of some individuals.