January 27, 2023

Lalong to Reshuffle Cabinet, Assembly Confirms 5 New Commissioners

Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State has sought the Assembly confirmation to appoint 5 new Commissioners for the State Executive Council.

This was contained in a letter to the Assembly from the Governor, seeking confirmation of the nominees during Wednesday plenary as read by the Speaker, Yakubu Sanda.

The new Commissioner nominees are Mr. Elisha Bitrus Shehu from Mangu, Peter Akuja, Bassa, Prof. Benard Matur Malau, Bokkos, Naaniep Pingwai Tehlkuk, Mikang and Daniel Dung Dalyop, Jos South local government areas respectively.

The nominees were screened and confirmed by members of the 9th Assembly as requested by the State Governor, Barrister Simon Lalong.

During the plenary, the Deputy Speaker and member representing Dengi State Constituency moved a motion under matter of urgent public importance, calling on the State government to as a matter of urgency address the electric power problem in the Plateau Central zone and parts of southern senatorial zone.

He urged the Speaker to use his office and direct either the standing committee or subcommittee on Water and Energy to facilitate the process of transmitting the energy from Makeri power station in Jos South local government area of the state to Pankshin substation to supply power across the zones.

The Speaker, Yakubu Sanda after the house deliberated on the matter, assigned it to the Committee on Water Resources and Power to do the needful and report to the floor of the House in 7days.

On the impeachment report of the Chairman of Langtang North local government council, Barrister Bitrus Zulfa Rimven, the house through a motion by a member of the House Committee on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Philip Dasun informed the house that the committee did not receive any communication from Legislators of the council to ratify the impeachment, hence calling on the house to intervene to avoid breakdown of law and order.

Dasun said as empowered by section 7 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended. Since the house has not receive communication from the Legislators of the council to ratify the process, the said impeachment stands null and void

The speaker of the House, Yakubu Sanda after contributions from members, called on the committee to intervene within 7 days starting from today Wednesday to report the outcome of her findings.

He urged both parties to maintain status quo until the house concludes her findings as backed by section 7 of the 1999 Constitution as amended and part 2, subsection 6 of the Local Government Law as requested by the members.

A bill for a Law to establish Plateau State Drugs and Medical Commodities Management Agency (DMCMA) and for other Matters Related, 2022, by member representing Mikang Constituency and the Majority Leader of the House, Na’anlong Daniel passed third reading during the plenary and now awaits the State Governor’s assent.