Gov. Mohammed Abubakar of Bauchi State has dissolved all Local Government Caretaker Committees with immediate effect. Abubakar, who made the announcement in a state broadcast in Bauchi on Tuesday, also announced a 50-per-cent cut in his salary and that of his Deputy, Nuhu Gidado, attributing it to the state’s huge debt profile. The governor then directed the respective council administrators to hand over the affairs of the local governments to their respective heads of personnel managements.
He said “let me use this occasion to formally announce the dissolution of all local government caretaker committees with immediate effect. “The respective administrators are directed to hand over all affairs of local governments to their head of personnel managements.”
He said that the decision to cut his salary and that of his deputy became necessary in view of the huge debt profile of the state `”and the empty treasury inherited from the immediate past administration. “As a mark of leadership by example, I hereby offer to reduce the salary to be earned by the deputy governor and my humble self by 50 per cent.
Gov. Abuakar also announced the freezing of all state government bank accounts and suspension of all pending financial transactions and instruments.
He, however, said Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) that were in charge of essential services might and could formerly apply for a waver through his office.