Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State has said that he would engage over 10,000 workers within six months to replace retirees who have exited the workforce over the years.
If executed, the employment will be the only mass employment since the administration of former governor, Isa Yuguda in 2010. Yuguda’s successor Mohammad Abubakar halted any employment in the workforce throughout his tenure and the incumbent governor, Mohammed has vowed to replace those who have exited the system since then with 10,000 new employees.
Bala Mohammed said this at the flag-off of the distribution of the government palliative to cushion the hardship caused by the removal of fuel subsidy, held at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Stadium.
He said: “At this stage, I want to announce that a directive has already gone to the Head of Service to ensure that all the cadres where our civil servants have already retired, we are going to employ more than 10,000 civil servants in the next six months.”
He pledged to upscale his Kaura Economic Empowerment Programme (KEEP) which he said has impacted many youths in self-reliance.
Mohammed applauded the President, Bola Tinubu for his intervention in assuaging the pains of the citizens.
He appealed to the masses to understand the President’s action on subsidy removal, saying that “it was not intended to punish Nigerians”.
The State had purchased 88,000 25kg bags of rice at N2bn rice to be shared to civil servants (5,000 bags), 2,000 bags shared at the flag-off ceremony, critical stakeholders including security, religious groups, traditional institutions, CSOs and community-based Organisations (CBOs) take 11,000 bags.
Local Government civil servants will be given 5,000 bags, every polling unit will be given 12 bags (65,076 bags across the state).
Also, N10,000 will be disbursed among 3,484 orphans and vulnerable children –making N300 million. 11,000 widows, people living with disabilities, the poor and the aged.