Al-Makura Signs 2017 Appropriation Bill Into Law

Tanko Al-Makura, Nasarawa, LabourThe Nasarawa State Governor, Tanko Al-makura, has signed the 2017 appropriation bill into law.

During the signing at the council chambers of the Government House, the governor lauded the speaker and members of the Nasarawa State House of Assembly for passing the 2017 budget promptly.

Furthermore, he gave an assurance that the budget would be implemented accordingly as it would spring up commencement of developmental projects.

“With the passage of the bill now, the state is at complete leverage to implement the budget for 2017.

“This will commence vibrant and functional activities with the leverage to expend funds for the purpose for which the budget was meant, as approved by the state House of Assembly”

“I want to assure Mr speaker and the entire members of the state House of Assembly and the state citizens at large, that as a very responsible administration, we would abide absolutely by what is in the budget”, he said.

The 67.1 billion Naira budget, tagged ‘budget of reformation’, was presented to the House by Tanko Al-makura for consideration on December 15, 2016.

It was then passed into law by the Nasarawa state House of Assembly on February 15, after it had scaled third reading with an upward review of over 2 billion Naira.

The budget now stands at 69.9 billion Naira representing 4.23% of the total appropriation bill which has 31.3 billion Naira for capital expenditure and 38.6 billion Naira for recurrent expenditure.

With the signing of the appropriation bill and its upward review by the state House of Assembly, it is expected that the budget would be implemented fully to meet the aspirations and yearning of the people of the state.

Nasarawa Lawmaker Lauds Performance Of Al-Makura

almakuraA member representing Akwanga west constituency at the Nasarawa State House of Assembly, Peter Mbucho, has scored high the performance of governor Tanko Al-makura.

The lawmaker applauded Al-makura for an excellent performance as the third democratically elected governor of the state, adding that he has performed better than the past governors.

He made the remarks at the Red chambers in Lafia, the Nasarawa state capital, saying that the incumbent governor has done his best in the history of the state.

Furthermore, he commended the governor for the execution of infrastructural projects in the nooks and crannies of the state, founded in 1996.

Two other lawmakers, Oberre Kana and Tanko Tunga, also supporting the view of Mbucho, commended the state governor for presenting the 2017 budget at the appropriate time.

Nasarawa Assembly Crisis: More Sanctions For Suspended Lawmakers

Nasarawa-lawmakers-fightThe Nasarawa State House of Assembly has relieved two of the suspended lawmakers of their principal offices and also dismissed them from their various committees.

The decision is coming days after their suspension and other issues led to a crisis that resulted in fisticuffs.

During a sitting of the House members, the Speaker, Abdullahi Balarabe, made it clear that their dismissal was a decision of the All Progressives Congress’ caucus of the House which is the majority in the House.

All suspended lawmakers are members of the party.

He said that two lawmakers had been appointed to occupy the principal offices and some others to chair their various committees.

In the earlier sanction, the six suspended lawmakers are to receive half salaries with no allowances.

Two of the suspended lawmakers are principal officers of the house and all of them are chairing various committees.

On April 4 lawmakers disagreed on the Governor’s appointment of sole administrators to man affairs of the local government councils in the state. The disagreement resulted in the exchange of blows.

After more sanctions were imposed on them, one of the suspended lawmakers, Makpa Malla, told Channels Television that they were looking up to the party to intervene.

He said they also they believe their dismissal was a harsh decision and that they would seek redress in the court in that regards.

Nasarawa Assembly Fracas: Lawmaker Vows To File Suit

Nasarawa house of assemblyOne of the suspended lawmakers at the Nasarawa State House of Assembly, Mr Makpa Malla, has vowed that they would not take the issue of their suspension lightly, as they plan to file a suit on the matter to seek redress.

Mr Makpa spoke with Channels Television in Abuja on Thursday.

He described their suspension as illegitimate.

Few days ago, some members of the Nasarawa state house of assembly engaged in fisticuffs following the appointment of caretaker committee chairmen without due consultation with the state house of assembly.

After a two-year tenure of the chairmen of 11 local government areas in the state ended on March 24, the Governor, Tanko Al-Makura, appointed and inaugurated sole administrators to man the affairs of their local government councils pending when elections would be conducted.

During the inauguration ceremony, Governor Al-Makura gave the assurance that elections would be conducted as soon as possible.

The swearing in ceremony of the administrators held at the Conference Hall of the Government House was graced by traditional rulers security personnel, members of State Executive Council.

Nasarawa Deputy Speaker Gives Reason For Six Lawmakers’ Suspension

nasarawa state house of assemblyThe Deputy Speaker of Nasarawa State House of Assembly has shed light on the reason behind the suspension of six lawmakers in the House.

Mr Godiya Akwashiki spoke to reporters on Wednesday in Lafia, the capital of Nasarawa State.

He said that the crisis in the House is beyond the appointment of local government sole administrators, but as a result of misconduct and violation of the House rules by the suspended lawmakers.

Mr Akwashiki also revealed that the commotion is a leadership crisis noting that the suspended lawmakers were plotting to impeach the Speaker and Deputy Speaker.

The Deputy Speaker believes their reaction had nothing to do with the appointment but their quest to be leaders of the House.

He maintained that their suspension was as a result of their unruly behavior during sitting in the hollow chambers of the House. He also faulted their use of provocative words.

The suspended lawmakers, who see their suspension as vilification, have insisted to seek redress in court.

The Deputy Speaker of Nasarawa State House of Assembly had earlier denied bribery allegations levelled against the House by six members in connection with the appointment of sole administrators.

The allegations led to the fracas that occurred in the State Assembly and indefinite suspension of the six lawmakers.

The suspended lawmakers accused 18 of their colleagues for going contrary to the resolutions of the House concerning the appointment of sole administrators by the state government.

Mr Akwashiki, who sees the exchange of blows as a normal happening in the legislative process, however, maintained that no money was received from the government to approve the appointment of sole administrators.

Nasarawa Assembly Fracas: Deputy Speaker Denies Bribery Allegations

Nasarawa-State-House-of-AssemblyThe Deputy Speaker of Nasarawa State House of Assembly, Mr Godiya Akwashiki, on Tuesday denied bribery allegations levelled against the House by six members in connection with the appointment of sole administrators.

The allegations led to the fracas that occurred in the State Assembly and indefinite suspension of six lawmakers.

The suspended lawmakers accused 18 of their colleagues for going contrary to the resolutions of the House concerning the appointment of sole administrators by the state government.

Mr Akwashiki, who sees the exchange of blows as a normal happening in the legislative process, however, maintained that no money was received from the government to approve the appointment of sole administrators.

Meanwhile, one of the suspended lawmakers, Makpa Malla, expressed dissatisfaction with the reaction of the members and told journalists that they would seek redress in court.

The suspension, which is indefinite, is to be effected without allowances and half salaries.

The House has since set up an adhoc committee to investigate the allegations and to report back to the House in a month’s time.

Assembly Suspends Nasarawa State University VC

Assembly Suspends Nasarawa State University VCThe Nasarawa State House of Assembly has suspended the Vice Chancellor (VC) of the Nasarawa State University, Keffi.

Professor Mohammed Mainoma was suspended on Monday on allegation of abuse of office and admission irregularities.

The 24-member House, in a unanimous voice vote, arrived at the decision after the Vice Chancellor appeared before the House to answer questions bordering on admission racketeering.

The Chairman, House Committee on Information, Makpa Malla, made the disclosure in Lafia, the state’s capital.

He stressed that Professor Mainoma’s suspension was to pave the way for a thorough investigation after some candidates bearing Igbo names with Nasarawa State certificate of origin allegedly secured admission with false documents.

Nasarawa SWAN Honours Othman Adams For Sport Development

NasarawaThe Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) in Nasarawa State, Northcentral Nigeria, has honoured former House Committee Chairman in the State House of Assembly, Mr Othman Adams.

At a Valedictory match in honour of the Sports Icon, Mr. Adams was commended for his contribution in the development of Sports in Nasarawa.

Speaking at the match between SWAN team and Coaches Association in Lafia, the Nasarawa State capital, Mr Adams commended the public and private sector collaboration for the establishment of a Sport Development Fund.

He explained that it would ease the financial burden of the State Government.

The call for the establishment of the fund was also re-emphasized by stakeholders present at the valedictory match.

I Will Resist Further Impeachment Moves – Al-Makura

Umaru-Tanko-Al-MakuraGovernor Tanko Al-Makura of Nasarawa State has said any further move to impeach him, by the State House of Assembly, will be resisted.

Governor Al-makura, who was speaking to state house correspondents after a closed door meeting with President Goodluck Jonathan in the Presidential Villa, Abuja, said that the alleged fresh move by the State Assembly to impeach him was a mere rumour, which he would not take seriously.

Governor Al-makura explained that he was visiting the President, to give him updates of the security situation in his state, which he said had improved greatly.

He said his government had started implementing the recommendations of various panels set up in the past to look into the crises in the state and that whoever was indicted from the police investigations would be prosecuted appropriately.

 

 

Nasarawa Impeachment: Findings Must Be Submitted To NAHA- Legal Practitioner

MR JOHNA legal practitioner and  counsel to the Nasarawa State House of Assembly, Mr John Matthew, on Thursday said the findings of the panel of inquiry set up to investigate allegations levelled against the State governor must be  submitted to the Speaker of the House of Assembly.

Speaking on Channels Television’s programme, Sunrise Daily, on Thursday, Mr John noted that  the provision of Section 1 (88) of the constitution, which guides the removal of a governor or deputy is quite explicit; it begins and ends in the House of Assembly.

”The constitution is very clear about the findings, if none of the allegation had been established, the matters end there; but if the finding of any allegation has been proved, the House of Assembly has within 14 days to take decision, one way or the other, rather than act upon the findings by carrying the process to a conclusive end or to in fact refuse to go beyond that”, insisting that “once it is shown by the report that none of the allegation has being established the matter ends there”.

According to the constitution the powers the panel can exercise can only come from one source which is the State House of Assembly. Also the rule of procedure can only come from the State House of Assembly.

”But that is not what the panel did they drafted the rules themselves and gave themselves the powers they were exercising and went ahead to sit the way they did.

“People shouldn’t mistake the constitutional process of impeachment for an affair against one political party. Once you get elected you get elected on a platform of political party but you an honorable member representing that constituency”, he said.

According to Mr John, the members have not not indicated why they wish to proceed with the impeachment because the result of the panel has not yet been submitted to them.

Nasarawa Impeachment: Panel Acquits Governor Al-makura Of Allegations

Nasarawa-Governor-Tanko-Al-MakuraThe probe panel set up to look into the allegations of misconduct and misappropriation levelled against the Nasarawa State Governor, Tanko Al-makura, by the State House of Assembly has dismissed the charges.

In the Tuesday sitting of the probe panel constituted by the State Chief Judge on the request of 20 lawmakers of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who were pushing the impeachment, the members of the panel set aside the allegations.

After the panel’s decision, an elated Governor Al-makura described the ruling as “victory for democracy”, but reiterated that he was ready at any time to defend his innocence.

There was wild jubilation in Lafia after the ruling, as huge crowd of the governor’s supporters throng the streets, welcoming the decision.

The governor said he had been vindicated by the panel’s decision.

“Those who raised the allegations against me could not come forward to prove or substantiate the it,” the governor said, referring to the PDP lawmakers.

The state House of Assembly had on July 14, through a resolution, moved for the impeachment of Governor Al-makura over a 16-count charge of misconduct and breach of the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and unanimously asked the State Chief Judge to set up a panel to look into the allegations.

However, after the State’s Chief Judge set up the panel as requested, the PDP members insisted that the panel should be disband.

The 20 lawmakers at a sitting in a hotel at Karu Local Government Area, agreed to a resolution to request that the Chief Judge should disband the panel, saying they have no faith in its membership.

They were absent from the Monday sitting of the probe panel held at the Ministry for Local Government, located along Shendam Road.

Also at the sitting on Tuesday, the lawmakers pushing for Al-makura’s impeachment, represented by a team of lawyers, again protested against the panel sitting on two grounds.

They challenged the membership of Mr Mohammed Sabo Keana and Mr Mohammed Usman as members of PDP while Mr Joel Galadima as public office holder, running contrary to section 188 (5) of the constitution.

The counsel to the lawmakers insisted that the constitutional provisions and requirement must be followed by the State Chief Judge in the appointment of panel members and procedure for the panel sitting.

Governor Al-makura through his counsel, Mr Nnoruka Udechuckwu, however, disagreed with the lawyers representing the lawmakers.

 

Jonathan Holds Private Meeting With Nasarawa Lawmakers

JONATHANNSpeaker of the Nasarawa State House of Assembly, Mr Musa Ahmed Mohammed today, Thursday, July 24, held a private meeting with President Goodluck Jonathan in the Presidential Villa.

The speaker, who came in the company of some members of the House, met with the President for over an hour.

Rising from the meeting, Mr Mohammed told State House correspondents that it was “a private meeting”.

On whether the State House of Assembly was under pressure to change its stand on the bid to impeach Governor Tanko Al-Makura, the speaker said he did not have the mandate of the House to speak on the issue.

“Who is pressurising who? This is a private meeting. I am here to see Mr President for a private meeting. I do not have the mandate of the assembly to address the press. We have the chairman of the Nasarawa State House of Assembly Committee on Information who we all agreed should be talking to the press on our behalf”, Mohammed said.

Also speaking to journalists, Deputy National Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Uche Secondus explained that the meeting was merely a consultation with the president.

“I came in here before members of the Nasarawa State House of Assembly. It was a consultation meeting with Mr President”, the PDP chieftain said.

On whether the president would intervene in the impeachment saga in Nasarawa State, Secondus said: “I cannot tell you whatever, but we are consulting”.