Why 30-40 vehicle convoy no longer used, Governor Abubakar gives reasons

  • Nigerian governors no longer use many convoys according to Governor Mohammed Badaru Abubakar
  • The Jigawa state governor said his colleagues are taking serious measures to minimize wasteful spending in their respective areas.
  • He said rather than borrowing money for spending, state governors were prioritizing employment in the education and health sectors.

Jigawa State Governor Mohammed Badaru Abubakar said governors no longer use convoys of 30 to 40 vehicles as measures to reduce governance costs.

Speaking during an interview on Channels Television’s Newsnight aired on Monday, the governor said his colleagues were taking serious steps to minimize wasteful spending in their respective areas.

Governor Mohammed Badaru Abubakar said state governors put the welfare of their people first. Photo: Garba Shehou

“All governors try to look within their spending. You don’t see the governors leaving in a convoy of 30, 40 vehicles. You mostly see us now with three or four vehicles,” he said.

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“Most governors have abandoned wasteful spending to reduce the cost of governance. This is the first step in reducing the cost of governance.

Rather than borrowing money for spending, he explained that state governors are prioritizing employment in the education and health sectors.

According to him, most governors do not employ services that do not have a direct impact on people’s lives.

He also debunked insinuations that governors were heavily feasting on security votes in their respective states.

While noting that the amount budgeted for security votes has decreased significantly, the governor of Jigawa explained that some of his colleagues do not even have security votes.

Governor Abubakar also revealed the steps taken by governors to look beyond oil and generate more money for states’ survival.

One of them, he said, is the zero oil initiative which will create more exportable products that will allow states to generate more revenue.

Source: Legit.ng

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