Former Bauchi state Governor, Isa Yuguda has refuted the claim made by the new administration in the state that he left a debt profile of N125billion, saying as far as he is concern the left a debt of about N80billion at the end of his tenure.
Isa Yuguda who was speaking to newsmen in a telephone interview over the weekend stated that loans he handed over to Governor Muhammad Abubakar was not up to N80b including the loan he inherited from his predecessor, Ahmad Adamu Muazu which includes foreign loans that would be service for a period of 40 years.
He explained that they took a bond from capital market of N52b and completed the international Airport, specialist hospital and also have N7b arrears of gratuity and N1.3b of contractor obligation, adding that his administration inherited about N20b Foreign debt which is payable in 30 to 40 years, saying these are the only debt that his administration knows.
“During my administration we paid pension up to date, we only have the arrears of gratuity also when I came into government in 2007, the government was paying Salary of N550m monthly but I increase it to N2.6b every month for state government and N2.2b for Local government so where will I get the money to pay gratuity? So if they are going to take up the responsibility of the Federal Government, let’s see how they are going to make it so this month he should come out with money and pay the contractors as well as pay Civil Servants salaries. These are the figures that I handed over to Abubakar, if you convert the debt that you are going to pay for a period of 30 to 40 years is not up to 80b. So what the governor is saying is not true, I handed over to him and he signed and collected the handing over documents. If he gave any other information outside that one, maybe he has his own.”
The former governor warned the newly sworn in Governor Mohammed Abubakar not to reverse any decision he made while in office, saying he took that decision in the best interest of the state as he was empowered to take such decision, warning that people may go to court if they so wish.
“If Abubakar thinks he can reverse what I have done, he has made a mistake because I have the right as an Executive Governor elected by my people to take decision on their behalf so any person that is aggrieved should go to court as such breaches is not done in Government. The Governor should be call to order because he has no right to upturn my own decision and they don’t have right to change anything or harass anybody within the state,” Yuguda warned.

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