By: Alfred Saiki and Ifeanyi Okonkwo
The controversy surrounding the appointment of Management Committee Chairmen in the 17 Local Government Councils in Plateau State by Governor Simon Bako Lalong on assumption of office in May 2015, has again been brought to light, as Members of Plateau State House of Assembly (PLSHA) go on a four (4) weeks recess without extending their tenure, leaving the Management Committee Chairmen in the dark.
As the PLSHA sat today to pass the 2016 Plateau State Budget, observers and political pundits were of the opinion that, the tenure of the Chairmen would be discussed, as the House goes on a 4-week recess, as their elongated tenure would expire while the House is on recess.
Fielding questions from journalists when the House had concluded sitting without deliberating on the tenure elongation for the All Progressive Congress (APC) Chairmen, House Member, Jacob Kassam, representing Kanke Constituency said, “Our coming back to sit as a House to deliberate on the issue of tenure extension for the Interim Local Government Chairmen, will depends on the preparedness of Governor Simon Lalong”.
You would recall that Governor Simon Bako Lalong on assumption of office despite assurances given to the then elected Local Government Chairmen, had gone ahead to dissolve them and appointed Management Committee Chairmen for the Local Governments in the state, for a six (6) months tenure in the first instance, which expired on 31st December, 2015.
The State House of Assembly has subsequently been extending their tenure by 2 months with the current tenure extension expiring in the next10 days.