By: Valentine Adese and Ifeanyi Okonkwo
The Plateau State Deputy Speaker, Rt. Hon. Gagdi Yusuf, has just saved the Plateau State Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Hon. Dayyabu Yusuf Garga from the disciplinary hammer of the Plateau State House of Assembly.
The House has since last week invited the Commissioner to appear on the floor of the House to explain why he has not honoured two communications of the House sent to him and his office.
However intervening into the matter after the Hon. Commissioner had given reasons why he has not been able to respect or reply the communications, the Deputy Speaker, Rt. Hon. Gagdi though described the behavior as unfortunate, said the Commissioner has displayed high level of gentlemanliness by apologizing for his action.
He said, “No matter his sin, he has come here and has accepted his fault and has also apologized. I am on my knees begging that he be forgiven. I want my colleagues to give me the same privilege that you have been according me also in this matter. The Commissioner should be allowed to learn from this and also others”.
“But, if he disrespects the House again, he would be on his own. Please, kindly give me that privilege!”
Speaking on the same line of pleading as the Deputy Speaker, the Chairman of the House Committee on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Hon. Baba Hassan, representing Jos North-North State Constituency in the House, while aligning himself to the submissions of Rt. Hon. Gagdi, said the Commissioner has told the House the truth of the situation he was in when the communications of the House were sent to his office and should be forgiven.
Earlier, while explaining why he did not respond to the communications of the House, Hon. Dayyabu Yusuf said, the House communication dated 25th May, 2016, directing him to appear before the House Committee on the 26th May, 2016, came at the time the Governor of the state, Rt. Hon. Simon Lalong was inaugurating them into a committee that would take care of the one year celebration of the Governor’s administration and that it was the Permanent Secretary who drew his attention to it. Adding that, the second letter came in while he was on an official duty in far away Minna, Niger State.
According to him, while he was in Minna, his wife took ill and was to be operated upon.
Hon. Dayyabu, told the House that he only got to know of the second communication when he got to the office.
Hon. Dayyabu said, “I have no desire or ill will to disrespect this Honourable House. I also desire to be part of it. Disrespect to one arm, is disrespect to all arms of government.
“I tender an unreserved apology on behalf of the Ministry and its Directors.”
In a collective decision, the Speaker of the House, Honourable Peter Azi, told the Commissioner to go and sin no more.