From Francis Nansak, Lafia
The Nasarawa State House of Assembly, on Wednesday passed into law the state Local Government Bill 2018 which approved three years tenure for elected Local Government officials in order to strengthen democracy at the grassroots.
Speaker of the House, Rt Hon Balarabe Abdullahi announced the passage of the bill for a law to provide for the Establishment to enable structure, Composition, Finance and Function of Local Government System in Nasarawa State 2018.
The speaker announced the passage of the bill into law after the Majority Leader of the house, Alhaji Tanko Tunga, moved a motion for the passage of the bill into law during the house proceeding in Lafia.
The AUTHORITY reports that the bill is an Executive bill sent to the House by Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura.
Speaker Abdullahi said that approving three years tenure for the state Local Government elected officials would not only strengthen and deepen democracy at the Local Government levels but would also bring the much needed dividend of democracy and as well development to the grassroots.
He said: “The Executive bill was seeking to amend the Nasarawa State Local Government Law 2009 which deals with establishment, structure, finances and composition of local government system in Nasarawa State.
“No doubt, the bill was brought basically to strengthen and deepen democracy at the Local Government levels in Nasarawa State and to meet the current political and economic challenges.
“Today, the House has approved three years tenure for elected Local Government officials and there should be Overseers to run the affairs of the Development Areas in the state in which their tenure is also for three years.
He further explained that “The Overseers of Development Areas shall be appointed by the Governor subject to confirmation of House of Assembly of the state and their tenure may be extended or reconstituted by the governor upon
confirmation of the House of Assembly”, he said.
The speaker said that the law also makes provision for the appointments of clerk and deputy clerk to be appointed from the service of Local Government shall not below grade level 12 and 10 respectively.
Earlier, Alhaji Tanko Tunga (APC – Awe North), the majority leader of the house moved a motion for the passage of the bill into law. Mr Peter Mbucho (PDP – Akwanga North), the minority leader of the house seconded the motion.
The AUTHORITY reports that the Nasarawa State independent electoral commission has scheduled May 26, 2018 to conduct the local government election, in the state.
The house unanimously agreed for the passage of the bill into law, as the Speaker directed the clerk to the house to produce a clean copy of the bill for the governor’s assent.