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Thursday, 12 March 2015

Major ShowDown Brewing As Benue State House Of Assembly Orders Suswam to Constitute Caretaker Committee

According to the NationBenue State House of Assembly has directed Governor Gabriel Suswam to present before it for confirmation a list of local government caretaker committees within three days.
It said if the governor failed to comply, it would invoke Section 21, Sub 5 of the Local Government Law, 2012, by reviewing the tenure of the DGSAs.
However, a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain, Dr. Mathias Byuan, said the House lacks power to order Governor Suswam to constitute a caretaker committee.Byuan, in a telephone interview with The Nation, said the appointment was not in the purview of the legislative arm  because the executive controls the finance and should be in a better position to know how much it would pay an appointee.Byuan, an associate of Governor Suswam, berated the lawmakers for the ‘incessant arm-twisting’ of the governor.He said the governor could not constitute a caretaker committee for local governments two months to the end of his tenure.Byuan suggested that instead of a caretaker committee, the money for their emolument should be used to pay  civil servants, who are owed salary arrears.The Assembly described the more than three months’  leadership at the third tier as illegal, saying they are not supposed to stay for more than three months.It took the decision while ruling on a point of order raised by the member representing Ohimini, Mr. James Ochojila and seconded by Mr. David Iorhemba of Guma Constituency.In the order, Ochojila condemned the continuous occupation of the councils by the DGSAs, saying it was illegal and needed to be addressed.This is the second time in 14 days that the House moved against Governor Suswam through a motion.

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