By Danladi Al-Hassan
The Nasarawa State House of Assembly has nullified the creation of additional village and district areas in the state.
The House has called on the state government to set up an investigative panel to investigate the matter in the interest of peace.
Ibrahim Abdullahi, the Speaker of the House, who read the resolutions on Tuesday in Lafia, after Mr Mohammed Alkali, the Chairman, House Committee on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, informed the house of the creation as a matter of public interest, urged the people of the state, especially affected communities, to disregard the gazette in circulation for the creation of additional districts in the state.
“I have agreed with your various contributions that this document is criminal and unacceptable, and should be condemned.
“It is in view of this that our resolutions are to the effect that: first, the purported gazette creating additional district and village areas in Nasarawa State stands nullified.
“Secondly, the purported gazette should be retrieved from circulation and no value should be attached to such document henceforth.
“Thirdly, the list of additional district and village areas should be forwarded to the Nasarawa State House of Assembly in line with the powers conferred on the House by the 1999 Constitution as amended.
“If the Executive arm of government is desirous of creating more district areas and in doing so, there should be fairness and justice in their action.
“And finally, government must constitute an investigative panel to carry out an investigation with a view to unravel those involved in this criminal act and punitive measures should be taken against them,” the speaker said.
Alkali, while raising the issue, said the house was not aware of the purported gazette in circulation in the state.
He called for investigation in order to bring the actors and perpetrators of the document to face the full wrath of the law.
The house unanimously supported the nullification of the document in the interest of peace.
It was learnt that the alleged gazette for the creation of additional district and village areas in the state was signed into law in May 2019.