Last week Governor Isa Yuguda sacked about 2000 political aides he had earlier engaged.
The sacking was contained in a statement by the Permanent Secretary, Political Affairs, Government House. Hashimu Yakubu, on behalf of the Secretary to the State Government. The aides included Special Advisers, Senior Special Assistants and Personal Assistants.
Shortly before the election, the governor had appointed some 70 new aides to join the existing ones.
The appointment of about 2000 aides by outgoing governor is part of the drain on state resources that some government officials have become. Bauchi State, to all intents and purposes, is largely a civil service state.
What was Yuguda doing with 2000 aides in the first instance if not to provide jobs for the boys to be paid from the state fund that is dwindling fast? If Yuguda had grown the state IGR and had not continued to rely on the monthly handouts from Abuja, perhaps it would have been better and he would have had a better story to tell as he winds down from office.
But that is not the story and it is sad indeed.