After Plateau LG chair impeachment: Lalong swears in deputy
From Christiana Gokyo, Jos
Following the impeachment of the suspended chairman of Qua’an Pan Local Government Area of Plateau State, Hon. Isaac Kwallu by the legislative arm of the council, Governor Simon Bako Lalong has sworn in the vice chairman, Hon. Abdulmalik Yusuf Haruna as substantive executive chairman.
At a brief ceremony at the New Government House Little Rayfield-Jos, Governor Lalong said the event was coming in rather unusual circumstances following the impeachment of the former chairman by members of the legislative arm who had accused him on various acts of misconduct.
He also recalled that the former chairman was earlier suspended by the Plateau State House of Assembly.
“Given this development and in line with extant laws, it became necessary to swear in the former deputy chairman, Hon. Abdulmalik Yusuf Haruna so as to ensure that there is no vacuum in the administration of the local government,” Lalong said.
He charged the new chairman to live up to the responsibility of running the affairs of the area and meeting the aspirations of its people.
He said: “Remember that you are to serve the people honestly and diligently as the people are yearning for development at the grassroots. You are to hold this office in trust and to deliver good governance to the people of your local government with the fear of God.”
Governor Lalong charged him to ensure that resources are utilised in line with the realities of Covid-19 where government funds have become scarce.
He urged him to ensure prudence and give priority to programmes and projects that have direct impact on the lives of the people.
In his response, the new chairman said he considered his swearing in as an act of God, saying he was ready to work with all stakeholders, particularly the management team and members of the legislative arm as well as the traditional and security institutions.
He said: “I will deploy my experience within the local government system to mobilise and reconcile all parties that may have been aggrieved because of the developments in the local government in recent times.
“I will also do my best to uplift the standard of living of the people in order to make them feel the impact of government.”
He appealed to the people of the area to give him the support needed to work for the peace and prosperity of the area.
The new chairman who was born in 1969 is from Kurgwi in Quan’pan Local Government Area and has a Bachelors Degree in History from the Nasarawa State University, Keffi.
He was a councillor representing Kurgwi West from 2004 to 2007.