June 9, 2023
Sayawa Chiefdom: Amb. Chinade-led committee submits report Sayawa Chiefdom: Amb. Chinade-led committee submits report

Sayawa Chiefdom: Amb. Chinade-led committee submits report

Stories from Sule Aliyu, Bauchi

The Bauchi State Government has said that it has no prejudice for or against any of the parties in­volved in the tussle for the creation of Sayawa Chiefdom, as the committee set up to review the issue is being chucked with gossips.

Governor Bala Abdulkadir Muham­mad of the state explained that his administration’s concern is to broker peace among the various stakehold­ers and ensure peaceful co-existence among the heterogeneous ethnic and religious groups in Tafawa Balewa and Bogoro Local Government Areas of the state.

He was speaking recently while receiving a report from Amb. Dada Chinade-led committee saddled with the responsibility of reviewing three committees’ reports on the creation of Sayawa Chiefdom recommended dur­ing different military and civilian gov­ernments in the state dated back to 1991 Tafawa Balewa ethno-religious crises.

Muhammad explained that the state government’s desire is to put in place a Sayawa Chiefdom that would be em­braced by all stakeholders without re­sorting to litigation so that peace would reign at Tafawa Balewa and Bogoro Local Government Areas.

Senator Muhammad therefore as­sured the committee and the entire people of the state that the report would be carefully studied by the state govern­ment with a view to implementing its recommendations.

This, he said, was in addition to pro­ducing a white paper committee on the report after it is being deliberated upon by the state Executive Council, and where the need arises, adding that gov­ernment would consult relevant stake­holders and experts on conflict resolu­tion for advice and guidance.

Muhammad expressed confidence that the committee has done a thorough job that would assist the government in finding solution to the problem of creat­ing the Sayawa Chiefdom once and for all.

“It is evident that members of the committee deployed their wealth of ex­perience and knowledge to meticulous­ly carry out the assignment based on the terms of reference given to them.

“I want to thank and commend the chairman and members of the commit­tee for not only a job well done, but for also doing the job in good time.

“I must say that you have justified the confidence reposed in you,” said the governor.

The committee chairman, Amb. Jibrin Dada Chinade, had, while presenting the report, said they have observed all the previous committees of Babalaki, Shehu Awak and Bala Umar, also made same recommendation to address the agitation for self-determination by the Sayawa and to bring lasting peace in the Tafawa Balewa and Bogoro axis.

The committee recommended that the proposed Sayawa Chiefdom should comprise the whole of Bogoro Local Government Area with proviso that non Sayawa within the Local Govern­ment Area would be allowed to decide whether or not they want to be part of the chiefdom through referendum to be conducted by the State Independent Electoral Commission.

It also recommended that areas in Ta­fawa Balewa Local Government Area which are predominantly occupied by the Sayawa should form part of the Sayawa Chiefdom.

Amb. Chinade said that they also rec­ommended how the state government would identify where the headquar­ters of the proposed Sayawa Chiefdom would be located, as well as the eligibil­ity of persons to be appointed as Chief for the Chiefdom, process of selection of pioneer and subsequent chiefs, and composition of Sayawa Chiefdom Tra­ditional Council.

The committee chairman further dis­closed that appropriate recommenda­tion has similarly been made for the resettlement of persons displaced from Tafawa Balewa town as a result of the series of crises in the town.

“It is recommended that the subsist­ing 2014 law on the creation of Sayawa Chiefdom (as amended) should be fur­ther amended to accommodate the com­mittee’s recommendations.

“To this end, a bill seeking the amend­ment of the relevant sections of the law should be sent to the State House of As­sembly for legislative action,” he con­cluded

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