Plateau Assembly Recommends Suspension of 8 LGCs DPM, DFS

Plateau State House of Assembly has recommended to the Executive Governor of the state. Barrister Caleb Mutfwang the suspension of 8 local government councils’ Directors of Personnel Management, DPMs and Directors of Finance and Supply DFS.

The recommendation was part of the 13 pages report submitted by the adhoc committee setup by the House to investigate the allegation of financial impropriety by the suspended 17 local government council chairmen of the state. 

The committee which was headed by member representing Langtang North-North constituency, Pirfa Tyem submitted their report during Thursday plenary at the Assembly complex in Jos, Plateau State capital.

The 8 local government councils DPMs and DFS recommended for suspension are that of Mangu, Pankshin, Kanke, Kanam and Wase. Others are Langtang South, Mikang and Quan Pan.

Reason for their suspension was that they colluded with the Executive Chairmen to frustrate the investigation in order to cover the mismanagement of public funds in their respective local governments.

Other recommendations was that the governor should direct the investigation of the allegations levelled against the Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs and to also Direct the reversal of all auctions carried out on buildings and lands by all Local Government Councils involved.

Part of the recommendation was for the governor to direct the dissolution of the 17 Local Government political structures because of their visible involvement in gross financial misappropriation and abuse of office for thorough investigation by Anti-Graft Agencies.

The Committee findings uncovered some illegal award of contracts, auctioning of government properties among other illegalities by the suspended local government Chairmen.

During the plenary, the House also screened and confirmed Rt. Hon. Johnbull Shekarau, a former Deputy Speaker of the Assembly as Chairman of the Plateau State House of Assembly Service Commission and 6 others as members.

There was a motion under matters of urgent public importance brought by member representing Shendam constituency, Livinus Kwapfuan, calling for an urgent relief support to victims of flood that washed away farmlands and bridges as a result of the torrential rainfall witnessed yesterday in Shendam local government area.

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