Wednesday, November 29

Privatization: I’ll probe how public properties were sold if elected – Former Chief of Air Staff

By Charly Agwam – Bauchi

The immediate past Chief of Air and gubernatorial candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Bauchi State, Air Marshal Saddique Abubakar Rtd. has said that he will look into how government properties were privatized when he wins the gubernatorial race in the forthcoming general election.

Abubakar said this while fielding questions from newsmen at his Bauchi residence yesterday.

“Privatization is not a policy that I am against, but it should be done properly. You have a public/private partnership where government is participating and the private sector is equally participating.

“When I was a Commander in PortHarcourt, my men ate Danbun Nama (processed meat) which is something that Bauchi meat factory used to produce. It was very helpful to soldiers who were in the riverine area where it was difficult to cook.

“Even if you want to sell them, why not sell it to the poor people by giving it out to them on loan so that they can have shares? So we will look into it to be sure that things were done properly,” he said.

He also stated that if elected as governor, he would ensure that the State has a functional educational system that will provide equal opportunity for everyone to be educated.

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The APC Governorship candidate Saddique Abubakar Rtd. further lamented the condition of the health sector in the state, saying that the sector is in comatose, as the facilities are dilapidated, with a vast majority of the population depending on private health facilities to access healthcare.

“We believe an APC government will change the narratives in Bauchi state by making health care support available to the citizens, not only in our hospitals, but we want to take healthcare to the people of the grassroots through the support of a team of medical experts. We conducted medical outreaches in the past when I was with the Air Force, where we treated half a million people in conflict zones,” he added.