From Sule Aliyu, Bauchi
Bauchi State governor, Senator Bala Abdulkadir Muhammad has inaugurated a 30-member committee to review the implementation of the reports of Justice Babalakin, Shehu Awak and Justice Bala Umar on the creation of Sayawa Chiefdom.
Governor Muhammad, while inaugurating the committee at the Government House, recently, urged them to be transparent and committed in the discharge of the task given to them, adding that they should live up to the expectation of the public and the state government.
The governor said past administrations set up various commissions of enquiries after different ethno-religious crises in the area which led to the loss of lives and properties which he said must be addressed.
“The relative peace in Tafawa Balewa and environs must not be taken for granted; we must do everything humanly and administratively possible to ensure that the peace is maintained even beyond the area to cover the entire state.
“As a responsible and responsive government, we are determined to ensure that the issue was rested once and for all. I, therefore, urge you to do diligent work which will be acceptable to all the stakeholders,” he said.
The governor said that the administration of Isa Yuguda took the bold step of enacting a law that created the Sayawa Chiefdom, which other previous administrations could not achieve due to lack of political will to implement all the reports of the commissions.
According to the governor, the terms of reference of the committee are to resolve the issue of Sayawa Chiefdom as recommended by Justice Babalakin, Shehu Awak and Justice Bala Umar’s committees and the enabling law on the creation of the chiefdom and establishing the demarcation, allocation of capital and the modalities for the appointment of the Chief, his Class and Title.
“The committee is also to discuss and resolve all agitations within the chiefdom including resettlement of those driven out of Tafawa Balewa town at Burgel Junction, recommend legal modalities of establishing the chiefdom if necessary as well report on any matter incidental to the assignment.
“With these short addresses, it is my pleasure to inaugurate the committee to the glory of God and benefit of the people of Bauchi State,” he added.
In his response on behalf of members of the committee, its chairman, Amb. Jibrin Dada Chinade thanked the governor for finding them worthy of membership of the committee from among the many equally qualified people in the state.
Amb. Chinade said that the task ahead of the committee is huge, reiterating the commitment of the committee to justify the confidence reposed on it by the state government.
The committee chairman called for support from all the stakeholders of the area to support and cooperate with it to enable it to get to the conclusion in record time.