Nasarawa State House of Assembly has screened and confirmed a 28-year-old Abimiku Hanatu Bala, a lawyer and 14 others as commissioner-nominees sent to it by the state Governor, Abdullahi Sule.
Sule had, on December 9, 2021, sent in a list of 15 commissioner-nominees to the Assembly for screening and confirmation.
Speaker of the Assembly, Ibrahim Balarabe-Abdullahi, announced their confirmation after their screening during the House’s proceedings yesterday in Lafia, the state capital.
The Speaker urged the commissioner-nominees to live above board while discharging their duties, when inaugurated by Governor Sule.
“Those confirmed are Yakubu Kwanta-Akwanga, Yusuf Aliyu Turaki- Awe, Hajiya Aishatu Rufai Ibrahim- Awe, Salihu Enah- Doma, Prof. Umar Mika’il Gurku- Karu, Nuhu Ibrahim Oshafu-Keana.
“Idris Mohammed Idris- Keffi, Mohammed Tanimu Sarki – Lafia, Abimiku Hannatu Bala- Lafia, Hajiya Fatu Jemita Sabo- Nasarawa, Yakubu Mohammed Lawal- Nassarawa Eggon, Daniel Agyeno – Obi, Ahmed Baba Yahaya- Toto and Ambassador Lucky Isaac Yargwa- Wamba,” he said.
Tanko Tunga (APC– Awe North), the Majority Leader of the House moved a motion for the confirmation of the commissioner-nominees.
Abel Bala (PDP– Nasarawa Eggon West), the Minority Leader of the House seconded the motion.
The House unanimously confirmed the commissioner-nominees
Also yesterday, former President, Tiv Development Association (TIDA) and Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to Governor Sule, Solomon Tabulo Pevkyav has lambasted his kinsmen for condemning recent appointment of commissioners and advisers in Nasarawa State.
Governor Abdullahi Sule had recently appointed four Tiv people as Senior Special Assistants, two as Special Assistants and a personal Assistant.
But the Middle-Belt Journalists Forum (MBJF) led by its president, Comrade Jonathan Ipav has accused the Governor’s predecessor in office of influencing his appointments, making none Tiv man to make the commissionership and Special Adviser lists.
Ipav further alleged that the lopsided appointment is capable of ruining the Governor’s second term ambition, even as he called on him to withdraw the list from the Assembly.
However, in a chat with reporters yesterday in Lafia, the newly appointed SSA Pevkyav appreciated the governor for his magnanimity to the Tiv people in Nasarawa State.
He said the coming into office of Governor Sule brought permanent peace to the Tiv People in Nasarawa State as all of them have returned to their various farms without hindrance.
Pevkyav said Governor Sule administration is the best thing that has happened to the Tiv people in Nasarawa.
“He has appointed four SSAs, two SAs and a PA from the Tiv people and still counting. What then can be more than this? The Governor is very fair to the Tiv people,” he said.
He said those who are calling for the Governor’s head over the recent appointment are not even members of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
“They should stay in their sinking Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and build it rather than delving into the affairs of a party they do not belong to as appointments are strictly party affairs.”
The former TIDA President further explained that Governor Sule came into Government well exposed with over 35 years private sector experience and cannot be influenced by anybody as he is fully aware of the challenges of the state, particularly the Tiv people.
He, however, called on the entire Tiv people to rally round the governor who has brought peace to them and re-elect him in 2023 for more development to come to the Tiv people of the state.
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