Lalong names commissioners, submits N5b supplementary budget
• Pankshin sets up panel to audit staff over huge wage bill
The first step by the Plateau State Governor Simon Lalong towards setting up the much-awaited State Executive Council has been set in motion as he submits the commissioner nominees to the State House of Assembly.
Lalong has submitted a list comprising 17 names, which represents the 17 local government councils of the state.
Presenting a communication to the House, Lalong said, “the 17 nominees represented the 17 local government areas in the state that will serve in the executive council of the state after they are confirmed by the legislative arms.”
The nominees are Mwankon Peter John (Barkin Ladi), Hon. Ezekiel Daju (Bassa), Jonathan A. Mawiyawu (Bokkos), Samuel Galadima (Jos East).
According to the list, others are Nazif Ahmed (Jos North), Hon. Pam G. Gongs (Jos South) and Alhaji Dayabu Yusuf Garga (Kanam). Others include Tamwakata Wali (Kanke), Jaafaru Wuyep (Langtang North, Hitler Fankun Dadi (Langtang South), Mrs. Lynda Hennang Barau (Mangu) and Hon. Joseph Mairiga Alex (Mikang), among others. They are expected to be screened by the House on Tuesday next week.
A supplementary budget of over N5 billion was also presented to the House by the governor for consideration, covering recurrent expenditure of over N3 billion and capital expenditure of over N1 billion.
The supplementary budget was to be read yesterday for the second time as requested by the Speaker, Hon. Peter Azi, but it was observed by the Deputy Speaker, Hon. Yusuf Adamu Gadgi that members do not have copies of the budget as expected.
In another development, the newly elected member of the House representing Quaan Pan North Constituency, Hon. Eric Dakogol of the All Progressives Congress (APC) was also sworn in. His election followed the death of the former member from the area, Hon. Godfrey Dashe of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
Also on the floor of the House, was a communication from the governor informing it of the removal of the chairman, Management Committee of Jos East Local Government, Mr. Sanda Agwom and replaced with Mr. Hosea Aliyu Azi. The governor cited security reasons for the removal of Agwom.
Meanwhile, Pankshin Local Government Council of Plateau State yesterday set up a 16-man committee to screen and verify its staff strength due to its huge monthly wage bill.
Chairman of the council, Mr. Stephen Jings, who inaugurated the committee, said the screening became imperative in view of the huge wage bill the council had been paying over the time.