For two months now, 11 local government of Gombe state having been paying N50,000 each which is said to be for media coverage in the state, sources within members of some of the local government councils of the state revealed to Bounce News.

The money according to a source, is being deducted by the state ministry for local government and chieftaincy affairs.

The state ministry had written an application letter titled Re-Application to serve as media consultant on retainership for Gombe state government. 

The letter which was dated 9th January 2018 was sent to the eleven LGAs of the state informing them about the approval of the state governor, Ibrahim Dankwambo to hire a media consultant who will produce newspaper write-ups, documentaries, Radio/TV programs and sensitization jingles at a cost of N550,000 payable by eleven LGAs of the state.   

See letter below

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 “This amount of money is being deducted from local government now that most of our local governments are having one or two issues that have to do with money", a source in Akko LGA of the state told Bounce News.

Some indigenes like Muhammad Ali, a resident of Unguwar Dorowa Bajoga Funakaye LGA who claimed that he knows about the program but called it a misplaced priority, said that such money should be used to fund empowerment programs across all the local governments in the state.

“Why can’t local governments use that money to provide fertilizer for farmers in the rural community who depend on farming to make a living,” Ali said. 

The state commissioner ministry for local government and chieftaincy affairs, Abubakar Walama confirmed the speculation. 

He said, “It is true we have engaged a private media consultant to help us compile programs and information from our eleven local governments for airing on radio, television and newspapers.

“We feel our programs and project from the local level are not being covered adequately and our people need sensitization, so we engaged a consultant to give us full coverage,” Walama said. 

The commissioner said that even though they are having some issues with the consultant, the deal was a clean one. 

The Chief Executive Officer of the media consulting company, Real Pindis Multimedia, which was hired Mohammed Magayaki declined to comment on the issue.