Bauchi to employ over 10,000 workers in six months
Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State will engage over 10,000 workers within six months to replace retirees, who have exited the workforce since 2010.
The governor said this, yesterday, while flagging off the distribution of palliatives to cushion the hardship caused by the removal of petrol subsidy, at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Stadium.
If the plan is executed, it will be the first mass employment since the administration of former Governor Isa Yuguda, 14 years ago.
While Yuguda’s successor, Mohammad Abubakar, halted employment in the workforce throughout his tenure, the incumbent governor has vowed to hire 10,000 new employees to fill the vacant positions left by those who exited the system since then.
Mohammed said: “At this stage, I announce that a directive has already gone to the Head of Service (HoS) to ensure that in 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 to be self-reliant.
Mohammed applauded 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, that it was not intended to punish Nigerians.
Bauchi had purchased 88,000 25kg bags of rice at N2 billion to be shared to civil servants (5,000 bags), 2,000 bags shared at the flag-off, critical stakeholders including security, religious groups, traditional institutions, Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and Community-Based Organisations (CBOs) take 11,000 bags.
Local council workers will be given 5,000 bags, while 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, while widows, People Living With Disabilities (PLWDs), the poor and the aged get 11,000 bags.