Bauchi was a failed state, says Gov Mo­hammed

The Punch - - NEWS - Arm­strong Bakam, Bauchi

GOV­ER­NOR Bala Mo­hammed of Bauchi State has de­scribed the state as a failed state, say­ing noth­ing was work­ing when he took over power.

he stated this in his speech at the pre­sen­ta­tion of the 2020 bud­get pro­posal of over N167.2bn to the Bauchi State house of Assem­bly on Tues­day. The ap­pro­pri­a­tion bill was chris­tened “Bud­get of Re­newal of hope.”

he said de­spite the sit­u­a­tion in the state, he would not be de­terred from de­liv­er­ing the div­i­dends of democ­racy to the peo­ple who voted him into of­fice.

Mo­hammed said: “You are all wit­nesses to the grave eco­nomic re­al­i­ties of the state which we in­her­ited from the past ad­min­is­tra­tion. It may not be an ex­ag­ger­a­tion if I de­scribe Bauchi State as a failed be­cause vir­tu­ally noth­ing was work­ing when you (law­mak­ers) and I, ir­re­spec­tive of party dif­fer­ences, took over.

“how­ever, the grav­ity of the sit­u­a­tion will not dis­cour­age or dampen our morale; rather I will con­vert weak­ness into op­por­tu­nity and chal­lenges into chances to en­sure not only the sur­vival of the state but tak­ing her to greater heights.”

The gov­er­nor said that the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the 2019 bud­get was largely low due to the change in the man­tle of lead­er­ship in the state.

he said out of the Fed­er­a­tion Ac­count Al­lo­ca­tion Com­mit­tee Rev­enue in­clud­ing ex­cess crude of N73,640,952,998, only the sum of N38,038,048,688 rep­re­sent­ing 51.65% was re­alised as at Septem­ber 30, 2019.

he added that the value Added Tax rev­enue recorded a per­for­mance of only 42.50% as N9,294,364,256.39 was re­al­ized against the bud­geted fig­ure of N21,294,364,256.

“The low per­for­mance con­tin­ues in vir­tu­ally all the rev­enue sources. This is a clear in­di­ca­tion of an over­am­bi­tious bud­get cou­pled with the weak ca­pac­ity to think out­side the box in terms of rev­enue gen­er­a­tion in its en­tirety.

“In­de­pen­dent rev­enue gen­er­a­tion is also low as only N6,993,372,009 was re­al­ized against the bud­geted fig­ure of N17,946,976,275 rep­re­sent­ing 38.97%. Al­though these fig­ures are as at Septem­ber, 2019, the mes­sage is sim­ple, we have to sit up and do the need­ful,” he de­clared.

Mo­hammed who said that his ad­min­is­tra­tion will def­i­nitely not al­low this ugly sit­u­a­tion to con­tinue, but will take mea­sures aimed at im­prov­ing the rev­enue gen­er­a­tion ef­forts of the state.

he said that the gov­ern­ment will there­fore re­or­ga­nize the Board of In­ter­nal Rev­enue Ser­vice, block leak­ages through the im­ple­men­ta­tion of Trea­sury of Sin­gle Ac­count as well as en­sure con­stant mon­i­tor­ing of all rev­enue gen­er­at­ing Min­istries, De­part­ments and Agen­cies.

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