Com­mis­sion­ers: Katsina leg­is­la­tors fault ‘lop­sided’ ap­point­ments

Daily Trust - - INSIDE POLITICS - From Habibu Umar Aminu, Katsina

The Katsina State House of As­sem­bly yes­ter­day al­legedly waved away con­sti­tu­tional pro­vi­sion and pe­ti­tions to clear com­mis­sioner nom­i­nees sent to it by Gover­nor Aminu Masari.

Dur­ing the screen­ing ex­er­cise, some mem­bers raised con­cerns over omis­sions of some lo­cal gov­ern­ments while oth­ers have two nom­i­nees.

There are 34 Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Ar­eas (LGAs) in the state but fol­low­ing the re­ported re­struc­tur­ing by the new ad­min­is­tra­tion of Gover­nor Aminu Masari, only 13 names were sub­mit­ted to the house to be cleared as com­mis­sion­ers.

Even then, some LGAs, such as Faskari had two nom­i­nees.

Ibrahim Mahuta, the mem­ber rep­re­sent­ing Malum­fashi state con­stituency, said the se­lec­tion con­tra­venes the con­sti­tu­tion.

Ac­cord­ing to him, “Just as ob­tained in Sec­tion 192 of the Con­sti­tu­tion that gives power to the gover­nor to ap­point com­mis­sion­ers, how­ever, Sec­tion 14 sub­sec­tion 4 asked him to make the ap­point­ments for rep­re­sen­ta­tion across board in line with so­cial jus­tice.

“If it (com­mis­sion­er­ship) could not go round, con­sid­er­a­tion should be to zones and fed­eral con­stituen­cies; but a sit­u­a­tion where two came from one place is un­con­sti­tu­tional,” he added.

Sim­i­larly, Yunusa Idris (APC Mu­sawa), drew the at­ten­tion of the House to pe­ti­tions writ­ten against nom­i­na­tion of Mariy­atu Bala Us­man as the nom­i­nee from his con­stituency.

Our cor­re­spon­dent re­ports that sev­eral de­lib­er­a­tions en­sued be­tween mem­bers on the way for­ward. How­ever, Speaker Aliyu Muduru stepped in a voice vote that cleared the nom­i­na­tion of all the names for­warded by Gover­nor Masari.

Those cleared and con­firmed by the House in­clude Pro­fes­sor Hal­i­matu Sadiya, Mustapha Mo­hammed Kanti, Abdu Habu Dankum, Hamza Suleiman and Hamza Mo­hammed Borodo.

Oth­ers are, A.U El­marzuk, Ab­dulka­dir Zakka, Mun­tari Ab­dulka­dir, Sal­isu Modibo, Mariy­atu Bala Us­man, Abubakar Sada Ilu, Ta­siu Dandagoro and Abubakar Yusuf.

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