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Bauchi Gov. Yuguda, defends appointment of 20 DGs

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Bauchi, Sept. 28, 2011 (NAN) The Bauchi State Government has defended its decision to appoint 20 Director-Generals (DGs), after appointing 20 Special Advisers (SAs) to work with Gov. Isa Yuguda.

Speaking to newsmen on Wednesday in Bauchi, the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Oshoal Michael, said that the governor sent a list of 20 persons to the State House of Assembly for confirmation as SAs.

He argued that the appointment of the DGs was in order because the Governor had the right under the Constitution to appoint anybody that he felt would assist him to run his office successfully.

“The governor has not done anything wrong in appointing the DGs. It is his prerogative. ”

He noted that the DGs were to implement decisions taken by the government after receiving advice from the SAs ``therefore there is no duplication or confusion in the matter.''

Speaking on the problem of water scarcity in the state, Michael said that the government was taking necessary actions to alleviate the problem.

He said the government had already started sinking boreholes and providing hand pumps across the state to assist people to have access to portable water.

“The Government is sinking boreholes and digging hand pumps across the state in order to provide clean drinking water to the communities.

“In the metropolis alone 45 boreholes are being sunk and efforts are being made to fix the problem of the main source of water to the city from Gubi Dam.

“The governor has just last week visited the site of the dam to inspect the level of work going on. ”

On health care delivery in the state, the spokesman said that government officials had set up a committee to visit Maternity Hospitals and Community Clinics in the state to see things for themselves and report back to the governor for necessary actions.