Taraba Ag.Gov Swears In SSG, 6 New Commissioners

 Amid controversy over the legality of his action, acting Governor of  Taraba, Alhaji Garba Umar, has inaugurated Mr. Gavey Yawe as secretary to  Taraba State government (SSG) at the government House in Jalingo, just as the state high court granted order seeking to restrain the State House of Assembly from screening commissioner nominees.

But the governor also inaugurated six commissioners following their screening and approval by members of state House of Assembly.

The list of the six commissioners was submitted to the state House of Assembly for screening and confirmation on Monday.

Umar, in his speech at the occasion said the screening and clearance of the commissioner nominees were done by the State Assembly in the manner devoid of wrangling and rancour.

He said “the six new commissioners on board brought to ten the number of commissioners in the State Executive Council, stressing that three additional nominees would soon be sent to the state assembly to complete the required number of 13 commissioners.”

The acting governor admonished the Yawe to keep up the good work he exhibited throughout his years of public office and the past 10 months since his appointment as SSG, saying the state will continue to count on him to use his wealth of experience in moving the state forward.

“You should not see this as an opportunity to enrich yourselves or become the masters of the people, but a call to service, and that the overriding philosophy of servant leadership for which this administration is well known must be imbibed by all of you if you desire to be useful in the ongoing process of transformation in our dear state,” he said.

Meanwhile, a Taraba State High Court has stopped the Speaker of the Taraba State House of Assembly and all state lawmakers from taking further step towards screening and confirming the list of commissioners forwarded to the legislature by the acting governor of the state.

The court granted the order following an exparte motion filed on behalf of Governor Danbaba Suntai by a team of lawyers led by Dr. Alex  Izinyon (SAN).

The Order is seeking an interim injunction to restrain the House of Assembly from taking steps towards tampering with the subject matter of the dispute pending at the Court of Appeal.

Izinyon had argued that should the lawmakers be allowed to take steps regarding the screening of the lists of commissioners, the res (subject matter) of his pending case would be destroyed and rendered nugatory.