Gov Al makura
Gov Al makura

Six suspended members of the Nasarawa State House of Assembly have berated the state governor, Umaru Tanko Al-Makura over his alleged penchant for impunity in the administration of the state.
The lawmakers, under the aegis of G6 members, who were recently suspended by their colleagues over alleged gross misconduct, accused the governor of flagrantly abusing the exalted office of chief executive of the state by usurping the powers of the legislature and arrogating same to himself through unilateral adoption of laws strange to the laws of the land.
In a statement jointly signed by the lawmakers and made available to newsmen in Lafia, the state capital yesterday, insisted that the appointment of Sole Administrators for local governments in the state by the state governor in violation of due process and the provisions of the constitution of the federal republic of Nigeira, has ridiculed the doctrine of separation of powers between the Legislature and Executive as encapsulated in the same constitution.
The suspended lawmakers, all of the APC, include Hon. Mohammed Kassim, (Akwanga-South), Makpa Mala (Wamba) among others.
“It is crucial to state here that the Governor appears to have a penchant for disregarding existing laws in carrying out his duties touching on matters of state. This same scenario played out in 2011 when His Excellency at the time, unilaterally carried out similar appointments without recourse to the 4th assembly”.
“Incidentally, the present Deputy Speaker (PDP) was at that time, the Majority Leader of the House. The 4th Assembly withstood the Governor until he went back on his illegal act and dissolved the then appointees. A quick amendment was made to the extant Local Government Law to pave way for the appointment of a five-man Caretaker Committee for Local Governments upon recourse to the House, pending elections”.
The group regretted that the local government system in the state has been made to suffer unduly as a result of impunity on the part of the governor, regretting that local government workers have been subjected to untold hardship due to nonpayment of their salaries despite the over N18billion bailout fund accessed by the state government to settle their salaries and arears.
“We challenge the Executive arm of the government of Nasarawa State to openly publish bank tellers containing amounts deposited by it to the credit of each local government in the state starting from June 2015 till date, as disbursed by the Federal Accounts Allocation Committee month by month in favour of each local government”.


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