Governor of Bauchi State, Mohammed Abubakar has inaugurated a committee to investigate all major contracts awarded by the immediate past governor, Isa Yuguda.
The organisations to be investigated include Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), the State Specialist Hospital, Ministry of Local Government Affairs and other Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs).
Mohammed Abubakar, stated this when he inaugurated the committee to investigate the past administration yesterday at the Government House, Bauchi. He said that the appointment of the committee was necessary in view of the recommendations made by the Transition Committee and Transition Technical Committee, based on the handover notes of the various MDAs on issues concerning award of contracts.
He explained that the committee is to investigate all major financial transactions within the eight years of Yuguda’s tenure and determine whether due process was followed and the level of completion of the contracts.
“We are all aware that the state was at the brink of collapse as there was near decay of infrastructure in all sectors and the state was virtually grinding to a halt. It was God’s intervention that this administration came in.
“It is disheartening to observe that this state had really retrogressed in the last few years. We used to be a reference point to some states but today we cannot even compete with some states that were created many years after us.
“The committee is to conduct a forensic audit of the state and local government finances, identify areas of corrupt practices and report to the appropriate agencies; verify whether the projects/supplies executed were done according to specification,” he stated.
Bauchi Needs N33bn For Water Supply
The General Manager, Bauchi State Rural Water and Sanitation Agency, Engr Garba Magaji has revealed that the state needs N33 billion to address the water, sanitation and hygiene challenges bedeviling it.
He explained that the state has only 3, 711 boreholes instead of the 6,348 required to effectively cover 80 to 90 per cent of the water needed by the state.
Garba Magaji made the remark when he received the new commissioner of Water Resources, Alhaji Muhammad Abdulhamid. He described the number of boreholes in the state as inadequate to provide the required water especially in the rural communities of the state.
The general manager disclosed that over 15,000 latrines were required in all the 20 local government areas of the state to curb the menace of open defecation.
He however said that by next month, the state government will declare Dass local government area free of open defecation in the state.
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