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Dogara Seeks Presidential Intervention On Bauchi’s Planned Council Relocation

| July 20, 2013 More

CHAIRMAN of the House of Representatives Committee on House Services, Yakubu Dogara, has accused Governor of Bauchi State, Mallam Isa Yuguda, of divisive tendencies and constitutional breach over attempt to relocate the headquarters of Tafawa Balewa Local Government Area of the state to Bununu.

   Dogara, who spoke in Abuja at press briefing, said that the action was in contravention of the Nigerian Constitution and called on President Goodluck Jonathan and all men and women of goodwill to “help prevail on the Bauchi State House of Assembly and the state governor to at least respect the Constitution and put a stop to the unconstitutional attempt to relocate the Headquarters of Tafawa Balewa LGA in the interest of our nascent democracy.”

 The lawmaker, who is also seeking the intervention of the parliament through a pending motion already before the house, also stated that the purported attempt by the State House of Assembly to relocate the council headquarters was ultra-vires, as powers to create such councils lie exclusively with the National Assembly.

  The council in contest was created in 1976 with its headquarters in the historic town of Tafawa Balewa- the hometown of Nigeria’s first Prime Minister, the Late Sir Abubakar Tafawa -Balewa.

   Dogara said every action of a state assembly, from relocation to creation and boundary adjustment of a council is subjected to Section 8( 5) of the 1999 Constitution. 

  “It is subject to an Act of the National Assembly. The action of the state assembly is clearly in violation of the constitution and to that extent void ab initio and of no effect whatsoever,” he added. Dogara vowed that no amount of threat, including the threat to recall him by his constituency, would stop him for advocating for the right thing, even as he said that he would ensure that the matter is “pursued and sustained until justice is done.”

Category: Bauchi State News

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