Between Dr. Salisu Bakari and Adamawa State’s By Talokaino John Miji
With Seven Billion Naira (N7,000,000,000.00) in the offing, it is glaring that Dr. Salisu Bakari and his wife Rabi (Nee Nyako ) are being prepared to occupy Government House Yola. It is therefore not surprising that Murtala Nyako seeing the impossibility of Azeez Nyako becoming governor of Adamawa State might have been changed to anoint his son in-law Dr. Salisu Bakari husband to Rabi Nyako as the next governor. Onlookers have always wondered what Murtala Nyako is up to. He has very often been accused of being a “family and friends “governor.
Dr. Salisu Bakari on coming to Adamawa State was appointed executive in the special programme and project unit (SPPU) of Adamawa State, a unit invested with practically all contract of magnitude by the state government. All ministries that have projects and programmes were answerable to him. When Dr. Salisu Bakari wedded Rabi Nyako, it became visible that there is a marriage of convenience to enhance a “family and friends” affair.
Consequently, when accusing fingers were pointed at the SPPU as a “family and friends” affair with both Bakari, Rabi, Hassan and other siblings were in the same organization, he was moved to the lucrative Adamawa state Universal Basic Education Board (ADSUBEB) where with ten percent counterpart funding by the state, the Federal Government foots in ninety percent. Treated as a crowned prince of the Nyako fiefdom only Commander Azeez Nyako could check him. Madawaki, the former commissioner for Local Government and Chieftains Affairs who was viewed as a likely successor was pushed to the background paving way for the two likely candidates Azeez and Dr.Salisu Bakari.
From all indications, the whole thing boiled down to “family”. Azeez is said to be the father’s favorite while Dr. Bakari is favoured by one of the four first ladies who happen to be a mother to Dr. Salisu Bakari’s wife. Given the situation, Governor Nyako is torn between his biological son and his in-law. It is therefore not surprising that in a deft move, Dr. Salisu Bakari was moved from ADSUBEB to where he held sway and used funds to build his multi million naira mansions including a bridge costing hundreds of millions in his local government area linking Lelewal (Girei 1) and Wuro Hausa (Girei 2).
The initial contract assessment was one hundred and twenty million (N120,000,000.00) on the bill of quantity while the contract was awarded at the cost of four hundred million (N400,000,000.00). Afterwards, the contract was reviewed to six hundred million naira (N600,000,000.00).
However, the bridge has so far gulped eight hundred million naira (N800,000,000.00) while uncompleted. Presently, the bridge is a major cause of concern for people leaving in the area as it has caused flooding in over 40% of people’s houses around it.
Another issue that raises eye brows is the compensation paid to households situated along the bridge. The compensation money deducted from the Girei Local Government account which is thirty six million naira (N36,000,000.00) did not get down to those that were supposed to benefit as it has been reliably gathered that only eleven million naira (N11,000,000.00) have been paid so far.
To give the whole issue a new twist, the issue of who the contractor is and whether due process was adhered to, continues to be of great concern to people within and outside Girei Local Government. Were tenders made? Did any committee sit to evaluate the bids made? Only Dr. Bakari that was moved to the ministry of Local Government at the time of award and execution of the contract can answer these questions.
Next on the list of matters arising on serious issues of “family and friends” in Adamawa State is the issue of the presidential lodge located at Girei and constructed at the cost of Four hundred and fifty million (N450,000,000.00). it is absurd to think that barely 12km from the heart of Jimeta Yola, the state capital the President will need to stop over there for a night. The facilities in Yola are better equipped to host the president or his entourage when in Adamawa State. But more intriguing is the fact that Dr. Salisu Bakari, an Educationist is the contractor. So far he has not been checked by anybody because it is “family” affair.
The next grandiose rip-off is the construction of abattoirs across the state. It beats ones imagination to think that in some local government areas where two cows and ten goats are slaughtered in a week, one hundred and forty five million naira (N145, 000,000.00) enough money to give them 35 motorable boreholes plus reticulation, that amount was spent to build abattoirs within twenty one local government area in the state, the amount spent for these white elephant projects gulped in about three billion naira (N3,000,000,000.00) while many of them serve no purpose where they are located. To many citizens of the state, construction of the abattoirs was a grandiose scheme to siphon money that the “family and friends” intend to use to manipulate the 2015 general elections.
The issue of the Nigerian law school Yola is befuddled in secrecy. More interesting is the fact that Adamawa State Universal Basic Education funds were directly used under Dr. Salisu Bakari to build part of the school. What part and at what cost remains a secrets. However, one is bound to ask these questions. Is the law school part of Universal Basic Education? If no, then what business has ADSUBEB got to do with the law school? From all indications, there is a scam that needed to be covered and that is what prompted the misdirection of funds meant for the Adamawa State Universal Basic Education Board (ADSUBEB) into building Federal Government Structures.
The above are only a small part of the gross financial atrocities being committed by Governor Nyako’s family members who have turned the state into their personal estate. In all spheres of human endeavor, as far as government activities in Adamawa State are concerned, without Nyako family members or friends, nothing ever works or better still said, with “family and friend” you can get the job, get paid and do nothing with impunity.
Several companies came to Adamawa under Family and friends made billions, did nothing but only dumped proposals like Lagdo Dam Electricity, water from kiri dam for irrigation, flowing portable water pumps, farming skills acquisition centers, road network, SNECO, dams German Diagnostic Center etc. projects that have yielded no results but for “family and friends” that ripped off the people of Adamawa State are in a last ditch stance to continue to perpetuate the most inglorious eight years in the history of any state in Nigeria.
Mr. Talokaino John Miji is a Teacher with Karewa Government Day Secondary School and resides in Jimeta Yola.
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