Bauchi State Governor, Sen. Bala Mohammed, has made the decision to review the salaries and allowances of all traditional rulers within the Bauchi Emirate Council.
Governor Mohammed, who emphasized his dedication to enhancing the living standards of the state’s citizens, expressed deep respect for traditional institutions. He conveyed this commitment during a meeting with members of the State Council of Traditional Rulers at the Government House in Bauchi on Thursday.
The governor acknowledged the role traditional rulers play in managing the government’s limitations and inadequacies to support them. He also highlighted the importance of ensuring that traditional rulers have suitable accommodation, reliable transportation, and fair remuneration.
He stated, “I understand to my chagrin that some of the benefits that should rightfully come to you as per the law were not being provided by the state. This includes the sharing formula for the percentage allocated to local governments and traditional rulers.”
Governor Mohammed pointed out that the adjustment of the sharing formula was initiated after recognizing that traditional rulers had been deprived of their due benefits. He assured them that the sharing formula had been corrected and would continue in that direction. Additionally, he mentioned plans to improve the salary structure for District Heads and Village Heads, allowing them to fulfil their royal responsibilities more effectively.
The governor emphasized the importance of providing adequate resources to enable traditional rulers to maintain the dignity and prestige associated with their roles. He noted that this would help divert their attention from the incentives offered by criminal elements attempting to compromise their positions.
Speaking on behalf of the delegation, the Emir of Katagum, Alhaji Umar Farouq II, commended Governor Mohammed for his vision and commitment to revitalizing the status of traditional rulers and their institutions.
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