SAMUEL BITRUS ATUKUM
Admiral Samuel Bitrus Atukum (rtd) was appointed military governor of Plateau State by the Military Head of States of Nigeria, General Muhammadu Buhari. Samuel Atukum served from January 1984 till August 1985.
Samuel Bitrus Atukum deemed it fit to reintroduced community and cattle tax due to shortage of public funds to handle administrative issues of Plateau State. In July 1984, Samuel Atukum made startling discovery of the destruction of over 70,000 hectares of farmland due to mining activities in Plateau State. Without waste of time, he called for assistance from the federal government led by President Muhammadu Buhari for the convervation and reclamation of eroded land and sold off all Mercedes-Benz and Peugeot 505 to earn money for reclamation of the destroyed lands in Plateau State. He equally banned all after-hours use of government cars.
Finally, Samuel Atukum led administration came to halt on a high note when he proposed unions should accept 20% decrease in the annual salary of Plateau State civil servants in face of dwindling state’s financial strength.