Nasarawa Assembly receives report on suspended member

The Nasarawa State House of Assembly has received the report of the Ad-hoc Committee investigating the alleged involvement of the former Deputy Minority Leader of the House, Luka Zhekaba.

Zhekaba was suspended indefinitely a few months ago over his alleged involvement in the recruitment of 366 teachers and the inclusion of names of 38 teachers in the payroll of the state civil service without following due process.

While receiving the report during the House’s proceedings yesterday in Lafia, Speaker Ibrahim Balarabe Abdullahi fixed Monday, October 25, 2021, for deliberation on the report.

Presenting the report, Chairman of the Committee Suleiman Yakubu Azara revealed that during its investigation, it invited the Chairman, House Committee on Education, Daniel Ogazi and Chairman, Teachers Service Commission (TSC), Alhaji Abu Galadima and the two syndicates of the fake appointments in addition to receiving some documents to that effect.

The Chairman of the Committee revealed that Zhekaba was not involved in the appointment of the 38 teachers but submitted names of two of his relatives on the recruitment of the 366 teachers that was done without due process.

The committee recommended the removal of Zhekaba from the House Committee on Education.
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The committee report also warned Zhekaba and other members not to involve themselves in any irregularity or illegality for their personal integrity and that of the Assembly as an institution.

After receiving the report, the Speaker commended the committee for a good job done and fixed Monday, October 25, 2021, for deliberation on the report.

Also yesterday, the Nasarawa State House of Assembly passed two bills in order to tackle emergency situations.

The bills are aimed at boosting the revenue base for the overall development of the state, so as to reduce dependency on federation allocation.

The first was “A Bill for a Law to Establish the Nasarawa State Emergency Management Agency and for Other Matters Related Thereto,” while the second was a Bill for a Law to Provide for Levying and Collection of Radio and Television License Rates by Nasarawa State.

The second bill is to regulate the Administration of Radio and Television License Rates and for Connected Purposes.

Alhaji Ibrahim Balarabe-Abdullahi, the Speaker of the House, announced the passage of the two bills into law during the House proceedings in Lafia, the state capital.

He said the two bills if assented to by Governor Abdullahi Sule, would boost the revenue base of the state, as well as improve the standard of living of the people of the state.

“A Bill for a Law to Establish the Nasarawa State Emergency Management Agency and for Other Matters Related Thereto read for the third time and passed.

“A Bill for a Law to Provide for Levying and Collection of Radio and Television License Rates by Nasarawa State is to regulate the Administration of Radio and Television Licence Rates and for Connected Purposes was read for the third time and passed,” he said.

The Speaker directed the Clerk of the House to produce clean copies of the bills for the Governor’s assent.

Alhaji Tanko Tunga (APC- Awe North), the Majority Leader of the House, moved a motion for the two bills to scale third readings.

Mr Abel Bala (PDP- Nassarawa Eggon West), the Minority Leader of the House, seconded the motions.

The House unanimously passed the two bills.

In the same manner, A Bill for a Law to Establish Customary Courts Law and Other Related Matters Thereto, sponsored by Mr John Osewu (APC- Doma South), has scaled first reading at the Assembly.

The Speaker slated November 1 for the Second Reading of the bill.

Furthermore, the House received the report of the House Standing Committee on Finance and Appropriation.

It is on a Bill for a Law to issue out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund of the State (Supplementary Appropriation Bill) of N 5, 975, 076, 812.86 only.

The Speaker slated tomorrow for deliberation on the report.

(THE NATION)