Controversy has trailed passage of a bill for creation of additional districts, village areas and hamlets passed on Wednesday at the Bauchi House of Assembly.
Two other bills were also passed on the floor of the House. They were the bill for an act to repeal the State Public Property and funds recovery tribunal of 2017 and bill to prohibit blockage of highways and other major streets within the township of Bauchi.
However, the bill for an act to repeal the state public property and funds recovery tribunal of 2017 and creation of additional districts has generated heated argument in the House.
The motion for the bills was moved by Deputy Majority Leader Hon. Abdullahi Abdulkadir representing Bura Constituency.
The motion was seconded by Sale Nabayi representing Ganjuwa west and Magaji Inuwa of Jama’are constituency respectively.
The bill for the blockage of highways and other major streets within the township of Bauchi was moved by Majority leader Tijjani Aliyu and seconded by Yunusa Ahmed of Warji Constituency.
Opening the motion on the floor of the House for deliberation, Speaker Kawuwa Damina, said the bills passed through the third reading without objections from any of the 13 members seated out of 31 members of the House.
The speaker then sought understanding of the people over the new law and assured the Assembly would monitor its implementation when assented to by Governor, to ensure its effectiveness.
Damina appealed to Governor Mohammed Abubakar to sign the bills into law and ensure effective sensitisation of the people to key in into the new law and see reason for the passage.
However, in swift reaction, his fellow All Progressive Congress(APC) member Hon. Aminu Tukur representing Lere/Bula constituency countered the motion saying the bill was passed with an ulterior motive best known to the Speaker.
According to him: “It’s unfortunate that 13 members out of 31 members were called secretly to converge in the house out of the usual time which is 10:00am but the sitting commenced 9 am today.
I got to know being a regular person that falls among the first three that comes to the House”
He alleged the13 members were cronies of the outgoing governor who were dancing to his tune.
He said they had other plans by conveying earlier than the normal time when plenary holds.
The proposed bill, he said, was the recovery of public properties from the governor’s predecessor.
The law was put in place to serve as deterrence to whosoever misappropriated the funds of the citizens but since the governor failed to secure his second term in office.
He decided to connive with his cronies to assemble in the house by 9am today Wednesday instead of 10:00 am to repeal the bill.
The second bill which has to do with creation of additional districts, villages and hamlet’s was also smuggled in by his cronies in the House and had passed the first, second and third reading to become law without the consent of the remaining 18 Members of the House.
The cronies do it such a way that the bill passes first ,second and third reading to enable them hasten it for the governor to assent it to become a law.”
Author: David Adenuga, Bauchi