The Bauchi State Government has declared a state of emergency in some key critical sectors that would improve the living standards of it citizens.
The State Governor, Senator Bala Abdul-Kadir Mohammed, particularly identified these sectors to include Healthcare and Education amongst others.
The Governor made this known while declaring open a three day media retreat organised by the Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA, to Journalists covering activities of the FCT in the state with the theme: “The Next Level Agenda: X-Raying the Presidential Mandate in the FCTA.”
The Governor, who was represented by the Chief of Staff, Abubakar Kyari, said on assumption of office, Bauchi State government has injected about N10.8 Billion on provision of infrastructures on its educational sectors both Primary, Secondary and Tertiary institutions.
On the Healthcare delivery, the Governor said, the State government has also paid all counterpart funds to the Bill and Melinda Gates, Dangote Foundations and other Development Partners.
The Governor further explained that their intention was to rehabilitate, renovate and equip all the health institutions within the available meagre resources at their disposal.
Bala reiterated that the current the State government is committed in meeting the yearning and aspirations of its citizens.
He stated that it will continue to bring developmental projects to the door-steps of all communities.
According to him, “Let me use this opportunity to welcome you all and to inform you that the present Administration is media friendly, when we came on board, the first five appointments made by this Government include the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Media.
“Government is not unmindful of the role of media in helping people to be aware about and develop Consensus upon important national and international development issues. It also helps them to understand the various obstacles in the process of development, imbibing basic skills among the people. Mass media plays an important role in the global day”.
Bala hinted that he has also issued a standing order to all the 20 Local Government Areas of the State to contribute one percent of their Internally Generated Revenues to Bauchi State Health Care Trust Fund.
He then pointed out that in order to give more dividend of democracy to the people of the State they have also awarded contracts for the construction of 92.6 kilometers roads across the State at the cost of N17.3 billion.
“About 50% down payment has been made and the completion period is between one year and a maximum of three years.
“Our major achievements in the Agriculture sector was fertilizer and chemical which was purchased at N600 million, which farmers have benefited immensely,” he said.
On youth empowerment, he revealed that the State Government has so far distributed 3,085 sprayers to train youths on contract spray across the 323 wards.
He stated that over one thousand youths have graduated in non-graduate component skill acquisition.
The governor explained that in the area of infrastructure, they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the execution of Kujuru Solar Power Project at the cost of $100 million.
He further disclosed that Bauchi government has entered into another MoU with the Kuwait government for investment of up to $20O million.
“We have also signed the Gwana Cement Factory at the cost of $864 million with an American Investment with over N2 billion in CRS. We have also signed agreement with Family Homes Funds for the provision of 2,500 housing units to be distributed across the State for a total cost of N15 billion,” he added.
While commenting on corrupt official in the State Civil Service and efforts towards ensuring zero tolerance, Bala noted that a High Powered Committee was set up to investigate properties and funds Recovery.