Iliya Garba Minna
The newly sworn-in Governor Abubakar Sani Bello of Niger State has said that he would carry out a forensic audit of the state to determine the huge debt profile and bonds left behind by the immediate past administration with a view to determining how these funds were applied and for which projects.
In addition, his administration would downsize government by rationalizing the existing ministries, department and parastatals to conserve funds for capital projects so as to be able to fulfill his campaign promises to the residents of the state.
The governor shortly after been sworn-in as the 5th civilian governor of the state, lamented in his inaugural speech at the Minna township Stadium, Abubakar Sani Bello, that his government was inheriting a bloated, disillusioned, unproductive and least paid civil service in the country, stressing that the state requires a modern, effective and efficient civil service to drive its development agenda.
He said the bulk of the state’s revenue is spent on recurrent expenditure paying more workers than we need to run the state efficiently,adding that “In the last eight years in particular, the effectiveness of the service had been compromised for purely narrow political interest to the extent that we are inheriting a bloated, disillusioned, unproductive and the least paid civil service in the country.
Furthermore, he said, the civil service will be reformed and restructured to enable it cope with the pace of the new administration and the demand for effective and efficient delivery of service to Nigerlites.
The Governor further lamented the dwindling resources and heavy debt burden the new administration is inheriting calling on the people to be ready to make sacrifices and have a positive attitudinal change in order to realize the dream of a new Niger state.
He said , “the challenges facing us are numerous and daunting, the most serious being the continuous dwindling revenues from the federal account, heavy external and internal debt burden, weak internally generated revenue, corruption and dishonesty in the conduct of government business in all levels including the 25 local government councils, stressing that, “An unworkable structure of government with 36 ministries and 105 parastatals, agencies, boards and corporations, multiplicity of ghost workers in the state civil service and high profile abandoned projects like the state Stadium and Minna City Centre.”