Leadership (Abuja)

15 November 2012

Nigeria: Taraba Assembly Confirms Umar Acting Governor

Photo: This Day
Deputy Governor of the state, Alhaji Garba Umar

Taraba state house of assembly yesterday confirmed the state deputy governor Alhaji Garba Umar as acting governor following the plane clash accident the state governor Mr. Danbaba Suntai was involved in at Yola where was subsequently taken to Gameny for treatment.

The state assembly in a matter of urgent public important with eighteen members in attendance out of twenty four confirmed the acting capacity on the deputy governor through a motion moved by the majority leader Hon. Chares Mai Jankai.

While in his motion the majority leader said is necessary to confirm the acting capacity on the deputy governor in compliance with Nigerian constitution section 190 subsection [2] since the governor of the state is currently receiving treatment in the hospital to enable the deputy governor have the constitutional backing to go about the duties of the state.

"The house which is an institution of law must also leaves to obey the constitution of the land and is also our duty to create lager ground for state for peace and progress" mai Jankai in his wards.

The speaker Taraba state house of assembly Hon Istifanus Gbana after adopting the motion directed the house Clark to communicate to the state deputy governor that the acting capacity has been confirmed on him.

He said the house was fully informed by some critics who were clamoring for official swearing in of the deputy governor but according to the speaker there was no room for swearing of the deputy governor in the constitution.

The speaker said he is aware that even before the action of the state assembly the deputy governor has been representing the state since the governor was involved in the accident without any hindrances from any quarters "but the house deem it possible to comply with the constitution of the land that is while we have to converge today for the matter"

He also call on the press to inform Nigerians on critical issues of the nature stating that the house has acted according to the stipulation of the constitution and also for the progress of the state while he promised the support of the house to the acting governor for the good of the state.

Meanwhile, the Acting Governor Umar who confirmed yesterday has restated the commitment of the administration to maintenance of law and order.

In a statewide broadcast in Jalingo on Wednesday, Garba who stressed that the mandate given to him by the state assembly was purely an exercise of the powers of the Constitution of the democratic process, also reiterated that the ban on the use of motorcycles in Jalingo still stands.

"It is pertinent to call on all political and public office holders to be worthy servants of the the government whose prime concern should be the people" he said.

The acting governor also acknowledged the high sense of legislative duty exhibited by the members the Assembly as well as the security operatives and the media for ensuring that the state entire has remained peaceful.

"my dear compatriots, the task of leadership cannot be easy, smooth and complete without loyalty, patience, and hardworking from the followership, he said, adding that " I hereby extend hand of invitation for for your support to move the state forward as we continue to pray for the return of the Governor".

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