Bauchi State government has been commended for judiciously using the N8.6 billion federal government bailout funds given it to offset backlog of salaries of civil servants in the state.
Bauchi based political pressure group, the Democratic Enlightenment Initiative (DEI), called on the state government to yet seek another bailout from the federal government to offset backlog of gratuities it owed pensioners in the state.
In a statement signed by the DEI chairman, Alhaji Aliyu Ibrahim and made available to journalists in Bauchi yesterday, it observed that Bauchi State is the best in the country in terms of judicial utilization of the bailout funds.
According to the DEI, it is pathetic that the federal government bailout funds to Bauchi state has not taken care of pensioners who have diligently served for 35 years or attained the age of 60 while in service.
It recalled the recent meeting in Abuja of 20 Civil Society Groups where all the state governments that enjoyed bailout were invited but only Bauchi attended as an indication that absentee states have problems in the implementation of the bailout funds.
“Today, bailout has a dedicated account with the zenith bank in Bauchi with only N18 million to the credit of that account, all others have been used in the payment of salaries because the money is loaned to the state to offset salaries backlog”, the initiative learnt.
Alhaji Aliyu Ibrahim also commended the Bauchi State government for the on-going screening exercise being undertaken to flush out ghost workers in the service.