By Beauty John, LAFIA
The Nasarawa State House of Assembly, has pardoned the suspended chairman of Nasarawa Local Government council, Mohammed Sani Otto, over alleged act of insubordination and abuse of office.
The House, also pardoned the Deputy Chairman, Karu Local Government Council, Lawal Yakubu-Karshi for the same offence.
Rt. Hon Ibrahim Balarabe-Abdullahi, the Speaker of the House announced this after the House deliberated on a report submitted by the Ad-hoc Committee that Investigated an act of Insubordination by the Chairman of Nasarawa Local Government and the Deputy Chairman of Karu Local government council during the House proceedings in Lafia on Tuesday.
Balarabe noted that the pardoning of the two local government officials by the House followed their acceptance of the offence and apologies when they appeared before the seven-man investigative committee set up by the Houae.
What we have done is to correct the wrongs and to respect the system not aimed at tampering with any democratic sitting. It is to serve as deterrent to others,” he said
“The House recommended to the effect that in view of the apology tendered as outright assurances of their utmost loyalty to the Government, the suspended Chairman of Nasarawa LGC, Hon Mohammed Sani Otto and Deputy Chairman of Karu LGC, Hon Lawal Yakubu Karshi be pardoned and their suspension be lifted.
“That the said suspended Local government officials be directed to tender a written apology to Government of Nasarawa State.
“That all public servants in the state be cautioned against any act of insubordination
“That the suspended Local government officials should be asked to resume forthwith,'” he said.
The House warned the council officials against pay back time as they are to be under close watch to ensure that they do not victimize anyone, especially among their council members and other oppositions.
Umar Tanko Tunga, who led the debate on the report commended the committee for a job well done and backed the committee’s recommendations and reasons why the affected officials should be forgiven and all the members who spoke took same position.
Recall that on August 10th, the Nasarawa State House of Assembly suspended the chairman of Nasarawa Local Government council, Mohammed Sani Otto and the Deputy Chairman, Karu Local Government Council, Lawal Yakubu-Karshi over act of insubordination and abuse of office.
The Speaker, then set up a seven-man committee to investigate the two affected local government officials.
Reacting to the development, the chairman of Nasarawa Local Government council, Mohammed Sani Otto who spoke on the phone with our correspondent thanked the assembly and assured that such act will not repeat itself.
He reiterated his commitment to ensuring the progress and development of Nasarawa local government and the state at large.