By Modupe Gbadeyanka
Governor Mohammed Abubakar of Bauchi State has denied reports that he misused the N8.6 billion bailout fund given to the state by the Federal Government.
Speaking with State House Correspondents after he met with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa in Aso Rock, the Governor said the fund was utilised for the purpose for which it was given.
He said the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) both at the national level and the Bauchi State branch had commended him for utilising the fund to take care of workers’ salaries.
He said when he was away abroad a week ago some members of the House of Representatives and Senate led by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara went to the Headquarters of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to report him to the Party.
The Governor said in terms of salary payment he was among the best.
According to him, in Bauchi, the State Civil Servants are owed just one month salary while Local Governments are owed two months.
The Governor said he had not reduced salary and had been paying the minimum wage and above the minimum wage.
He said he was open to reconciliation and that some elders in the state were trying to reconcile the warring factions.