Acting Gov Woos Workers, Pledges to Clear 2 Months’ Unpaid Salary
Acting Governor of Admawa State, Alhaji Ahmadu Umaru, on Tuesday assured the state workforce that his administration will clear their two months’ outstanding salary, other allowances and asked them to join hands with his government to move the state forward.
Umaru made the pledge in Yola after taking the Oath of Office as Acting Governor of the state following the impeachment of Gov. Murtala Nyako.
Umaru was sworn-in by the state’s Acting Chief Judge, Justice Ambrose Mammadi.
The acting governor said the impeachment of Nyako was a blessing to the people of the state.
Umaru called on the people to join hands with his administration, saying that the task before it was enormous.
He reminded them that Adamawa was still under state of emergency and urged them to be law abiding.
The acting governor promised to pay the two months outstanding workers’ salaries and other allowances.
“This administration will do all that is possible to restore the lost glory of the state as well as improve the economic well-being of the people’’, he said.
Chieftains of the PDP and members of the National Assembly were among dignitaries that witnessed the ceremony.
Meanwhile, Nyako, through his Director, Press and Public Affairs, Malam Ahmad Sajoh, said he had accepted the development in good faith but would go to court to set the record straight for posterity.
Also speaking, the state’s Publicity Secretary of APC, Rev Pheneas Padio, described it as an act of illegality and an attempt to muffle the opposition.
“This is a rape of the constitution and bastardisation of the constitution,’’ Padio said.
Nyako’s impeachment motion was moved by Mr Laori Kwamoti (PDP-Numan), the Deputy Speaker of the state’s House of Assembly and seconded by Mr. Jerry Kundisi (PDP-Gombi).
The motion came shortly after the Speaker, Fintiri, had read to the house in plenary the report submitted by the 7-man panel that investigated the allegations against the governor and his deputy.
The house sitting could however not deliberate on the issue of the Deputy Governor, Mr Bala Ngilari, who sent his resignation letter that was read by the Speaker and subsequently confirmed by the house.
Reading the panel’s report, Speaker Fintiri said 16 out of the 20 allegations against the governor had been proven.
A total of 18 out of the 25 members of the house endorsed the report for adoption and the speaker declared the governor removed.
The house also passed a resolution for the swearing in of the speaker as acting governor.
Consequently, security had been beefed up in Yola, with many security check points erected, causing gridlock.
The Adamawa Deputy Governor, Mr Bala James-Ngilari, on Tuesday tendered his letter of resignation, citing personal reasons.
The Deputy Governor’s letter of resignation was read at Tuesday’s plenary of the Adamawa House of Assembly by Speaker Ahmadu Fintiri.
The development followed moves by the state assembly to remove him and Gov. Murtala Nyako on grounds of financial impropriety.
James-Ngilari said: “I kindly notify you of my resignation from the office of the Deputy Governor of Adamawa State forthwith on personal ground.
“I want to thank you for the opportunity to serve Adamawa State.”
The house unanimously adopted the letter following a motion moved by Mr Adamu Kamale (PDP-Michika), which was seconded by Alhaji Hassan Kaigama (PDP-Maiha).
During deliberation on the letter, members argued that since the deputy governor wished to retire voluntarily, he should be allowed to do so.
“We should wish him success in his future endeavour,’’ said Mr. Jerry Kundisi (PDP-Gombi)
The speaker confirmed the resignation, saying, “the office of the Deputy Governor is hereby declared vacant.’’
METROWATCH had reported on Monday that based on the provisions of sections 188(8) and (9) of the constitution the governor could be removed from office as early as this week as the lawmakers were likely to begin deliberations on the report from Tuesday.
Sections 188(8) and (9) states: “Where the panel reports to the House of Assembly that the allegation has not been proved, no further proceedings shall be taken in respect of the matter.
“Where the report of the panel is that the allegations against the holder of the office has been proved, then within 14 days of the receipt of the report, the House of Assembly shall consider the report, and if by a resolution of the House of Assembly supported by not less than two-thirds majority of all its members, the report of the panel is adopted, then the holder of the office shall stand removed from office as from the date of the adoption of the report,”