Resign if you can’t cope with my style, governor tells Bauchi workers
The Governor of Bauchi State, Mohammed Abubakar on Friday declared that those who cannot cope with his style of leadership should not hesitate to resign their appointments.
Governor Abubakar’s declaration came yesterday following the sudden gale of resignation that has hit his cabinet with the recent being the Deputy Governor, Alhaji Nuhu Gidado, who exited the government.
Specifically, Gidado submitted his resignation letter to Governor Abubakar on Wednesday, citing his waning enthusiasm for the job as reason for leaving. His departure brings to three the number of high-ranking officials that have left Governor Abubakar’s cabinet.
In December 2017, the Commissioner for Budget and Planning, Shehu Ningi, resigned from his position. Ningi stepped down a day after Governor Abubakar presented the 2017 budget estimates to the state’s House of Assembly.
The then commissioner said he left because the governor did not encourage members of his cabinet to offer advice on how to run the state.Ningi explained that the environment in which he would have exercised his advisory role as member of the State Executive Council was “unaccommodating, debilitating and non-adviser friendly”.
In March, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Investment, Samaila Sanusi, also resigned due to “unfriendly working environment”.Mr. Sanusi said all avenues to hold talks with the state governor on official issues and developments were unsuccessful.
Also around the same time, Munnir Yisin, deputy caretaker chairman of Tafawa Balewa Local Government Area, also tendered his resignation.owever, briefing State House Correspondents after a meeting with President Mohammadu Buhari yesterday, Governor Abubakar while dismissing insinuations of a frosty relationship with his members of cabinet said he enjoyed a “fantastic working relationship” with Gidado who he said was “the most pampered deputy governor in Nigeria”.
The governor said his government provides enabling environment for all and sundry to operate in the state, but warned that he had come as governor to change the former narrative of doing things in the state and whomever that cannot go at his pace was free to resign.He said, “I have come to Bauchi state to engender change and change is very very difficult for people to accept. People are used to a certain way of doing business and I have come to change that way of doing business. Because, that way was destroying Bauchi State. So, we had to put a stop to it, we had to bring Bauchi state out of the dungeon. I give people a chance and if you think you can go at my pace you stay and if you can’t go at my pace you resign.”
The Governor also denied media reports quoting the Deputy governor’s aide who said Gidado resigned because he was not treated as part and parcel of the government.“I think he is wrong. Go to the House of Assembly and check, I went on official leave twice since I took over and each time I transmitted a letter from to the House of Assembly making him the acting governor of Bauchi.
“Moreover, I have him the most important ministry, ministry of education where I have been allocating the largest share of the budget of Bauchi state since 2008.“The word resignation connotes a will on the part of the person who has offered, he offered his letter willingly and there is no way you can force him to accept an employment when the time has come for him to look else where.
“I think people should read that letter. Read the entire letter and you will see that there was nothing bad that transpired between. His final paragraph is that he remains loyal to his leader and his brother. In my response I eulogized him and wished him the best in his future endeavour and assured him of the support of the good people of Bauchi State. There was no problem whatsoever.