by Christiana Gokyo, Jos
Gombe state government has identified about 70 abandoned faulty vehicles across the ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) in the state and has also refurbished 56 vehicles.
The state governor, Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya, said government resources have to be managed properly, stressing that government will develop monitoring mechanism to ensure vehicles are properly managed.
He noted that, there is the need for government officials to imbibe the “culture of maintenance” and managing public property at its disposal. He was speaking at the handing over of refurbished government vehicles at Gombe Government House on Thursday.
According to him, “It is very pertinent for government to be rational in resource management with a view to earning confidence and trust of the people. The committee, headed by the Deputy Governor, Dr. Manasseh Daniel Jatau, had repaired 56 hitherto abandoned vehicles of various models.”
While appreciating the committee for carrying out the assignment diligently, having earlier undertaken a similar one in the refurbishment of fire fighting trucks that were abandoned by the previous administration, he commended the civil service reform committee, which he described as the brain behind identifying about 70 abandoned faulty vehicles across the MDAs in the state.
He directed the committee to return all the repaired vehicles to the MDAs they were pooled, and charged public office holders in the state to safeguard public property at their disposal.
Governor Yahaya decried the neglect of public property by those saddled with the responsibility of their management and maintenance, adding that, “We must go back and retrace our steps, and we must imbibe the spirit of maintenance of public property. We must do the right thing as far as this administration is concerned.”
He said the refurbishing of the hitherto unserviceable vehicles is aimed at instilling the culture of maintenance in the minds of civil and public servants as well as adherence to costs-cutting measures aimed at ensuring prudent and effective management of resources.
While warning that, the era where government vehicles were perceived as “nobody’s property” is over, the governor warned that any government official entrusted with public property owes it as his duty to manage them with extra care the way they manage their own properties.
The governor emphasized that, “Resource management is very imminent, especially with the dwindling oil price in the world market, today, which may have effect on the FG’s revenue generation and, by implication, Gombe state.”
While conducting the governor round to inspect the vehicles, chairman of the committee, who doubles as the state Deputy Governor, Dr. Manasseh Daniel Jatau, commended Governor Yahaya for the “prudent management” of state resources since his assumption of office.
Dr Jatau said they were able to repair 56 vehicles of various models and the vehicles are now serviceable, adding that, “44 others were considered ‘economically unwise’ to be repaired, and we therefore suggest that the state government constitutes a board of survey with a view to auctioning them in line with the extant law.”