Bauchi State Governor, Senator Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed has lampooned his predecessor, Mohammed Abdullahi Abubakar, alleging that he mismanaged a whopping N60 billion Paris Club refund bail out from the federal government while he was in office.
The incumbent Governor, Senator Bala stated this while distributing starter packs and cash to 1,000 selected people in Darozo and Ganjuwa Local Government Areas of Bauchi State.
Bala said although the state has received some social investment programmes, it had not been that lucky in terms of bail out, special financial intervention and budget support from the federal government.
Continuing, he said his administration came into office when President Buhari had finished doling out the Paris refund bail out, adding that he took over office when the world was being ravaged by the Covid-19 pandemic, which caused serious world economic displacement and this served as a huge challenge in terms If availability of funds to the state.
According to Bala, “we can see what Buhari, has done to all previous administrations in terms of budget support where he gave them a lot of full support”.
“And the Paris Club refund of N60 billion given to Bauchi State was doled out to my predecessor, Muhammed but he had already expended the money before we took over office”.
However, Bala agreed with the State House of Assembly members that Ganjuwa Local Government Area of the state did not benefit from the capital projects being implemented by the state government which is an indication of the mismanagement of the N60 billion by his predecessor, Muhammed.
The governor, who decried the poor state of the Soro-Miya Road, said contract for the construction of the road had been awarded but an unnamed member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has siphoned the money.
He however said the case is being looked at by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).