In a solemn inauguration ceremony held in Bauchi, Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State issued a stern caution to the 24 recently sworn-in commissioners. He unequivocally stated that he would take swift punitive measures, including removal from office, if any commissioner is found to be involved in any wrongdoing.
Speaking passionately at the event, Governor Mohammed stressed the paramount importance of integrity and upright conduct. He implored the commissioners to steer clear of corrupt practices and firmly resist any temptation to misuse their positions for personal gain.
Governor Mohammed underlined the significance of unwavering allegiance to both the government and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). He called upon the commissioners to adopt accountability and transparency as their core values, guiding their actions throughout their tenure.
The governor delivered a resolute message to the newly appointed officials, emphasizing that their primary duty is to serve the public interest and prioritize the welfare of the people over any self-serving political ambitions. He emphasized that their role demands sacrifice and selflessness, rather than seeking personal enrichment.
The governor had declared: “It should be made known to you that you have not been appointed to enrich yourselves or pursue selfish political ambitions. What is required of you is sacrifice and selfless service.
“No commissioner is better than the other, no commissioner is more senior than the other. In my government, there is no prime minister and all commissioners are equal. You should also know that you are stakeholders in the state and your local governments.
“This requires that you continuously collaborate with party leaders, local government chairmen, legislators at the national and state level, and traditional, religious leaders.”
The Commissioner for Finance and Economic Development, Yakubu Adamu, on behalf of the new Commissioners, expressed appreciation to the governor for the honour to serve the state.
He assured the governor that they would work and succeed together in making the state a better place for all.