Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi state on Thursday warned officials of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) to stop collecting tips from commercial drivers in the state.
The governor gave the warning in Bauchi while distributing 655 tricycles and 154 commercial buses to some beneficiaries in order to ease transportation while enforcing the protocol of social distancing as a means of mitigating the spread of COVID-19 in the state.
The governor revealed that the state would come up with executive orders that would make the people of the state to be more safe and secured from all aspects of their national lives.
“At this point, I want to call on other enforcing agencies, like the road safety, I have noticed that sometimes they stay within the town and they will just be collecting money from the drivers and forcing them into unnecessary problems.
“I will not allow that, I’ve already initiated discussion with the state Assembly and with the Chief Judge, we are going to come up with executive orders that will make us safe and secured from all aspects of our national lives.
“We must do that in order to provide some succour and solace to our people.
“We are not inimical to the activities being done by them, but I’m calling on them publicly that I will not stay aloof and allow my people to be subjected to the agony of collection and collection unnecessarily,” Mohammed stated.
The governor also appreciated the federal government through the ministry of Finance and the World Bank for providing monetary assistance to the state government which it used to carry out most of the projects in the state.
“People are asking me where am I getting extra money than the other states, I’m getting the same resources.
“What we are doing here, I want to acknowledge the contribution of the World Bank which has given state governments some resources in terms of performance and we are supposed to build SMEs and institutions.
“I thank the federal government, the federal ministry of finance and of course the World Bank for this assistance,” he said.