N2bn Salary Arrears: Court Freezes Bauchi Govt Accounts, Buhari Probes Bailout Fund to state
… Governor relocates family, official engagements to Abuja
…As Col Dangiwa Umar FG team visits state
Following unpaid arrears of allowances and benefits to former aides of
former Bauchi State Governors, Ahmed Mu’azu and Isa Yuguda, an Industrial
Court sitting in Jos, Plateau State capital, has frozen the accounts of
Bauchi State government.
The development coincided with the visit of a Federal Government
delegation led by Former Governor of Kaduna State, Col. Dangiwa Umar (rtd)
assigned to probe the spending of the bail out fund released by the
federal government for the payment of outstanding salary arrears of
workers in the state to the Governor Mohammed Abdulahi-led administration
elected on the platform of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
Pointblanknews.com gathered that aides, who served under Mu’azu and
Yuguda administrations sued Bauchi State government, demanding payment of
their entitlement to the tune of N2billion. The suit prompted the freezing
of government accounts by the court in response to the prayers of the
former aides pending the settlement of the claims.
The court order is, however, coming at a time the government cannot pay
salary arrears of workers and pensioners in the state.
Our correspondent also gathered that the Bauchi State Governor is now
using the issue of frozen account as the reason for his non-performance
and delay in payment of workers salaries and pension in the state.
The government is owing workers and pensioners five months outstanding
Also, in a similar vein, a Federal Government high powered committee
headed by former Kaduna State Governor Colonel Umar DanGiwa, was in Bauchi
to investigate the reckless spending of the bailout fund and other loans
Governor Abubakar collected without the approval of the legislature.
The federal government is worried that Bauchi which gave President Buhari
one of the highest votes in 2015 and 2007 is almost rendered ungovernable
following the non-payment of salaries occasioned by a protracted
Pointblanknews.com further learned that Governor Abubakar has relocated
all his family members to Abuja for fear of attack by workers and irate
youth in the state.
The governor, like a golden fish that has no hiding place, is regularly
stoned by irate youth and frustrated pensioners anywhere he visited
forcing him to transfer all official engagement especially courtesy calls
and signing of files to Abuja.
It would be recalled that Governor Mohammed Abdullahi Abubakar had raised
alarm, on assuming duties, that he met an empty treasury left by the
immediate past Governor, Isa Yuguda.
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