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Yobe Assembly decreases duration of VC, increases tenure of LG Caretaker Chairmen, others



By Hannah Nathan, Warri

The Yobe State House of Assembly has granted a six-month extension to the chairs and members of the state’s 17 local government units’ Caretaker Management Committees.

The House granted an extension in conjunction with the approval of a request made by the executive branch of government to affirm the re-appointment of the chairman.

The resolution was moved on the House floor by the Leader of the House, Hon. Nasiru Hassan Yusuf. He stated that the confirmation of the re-appointment of the management committee chairmen and members came about as a result of their six-month term expiring.

The lawmaker pointed out that the Federal Republic of Nigeria’s modified constitution gave the House the authority to prolong the terms of the caretaker management committee members and chairman while the executive chairmen of the state’s local governments are being elected.

The Speaker of the House, the Right Honorable Chiroma Buba Mashio, presided over the meeting and urged the confirmed and reappointed chairmen to put in extra effort to guarantee that people in rural regions continue to benefit from democracy.

The event has destroyed expectations for holding local government elections on November 25, which was originally planned.

In a related move, the Yobe State University’s founding statute was modified by the House to shorten the terms of office for the university’s chief librarian, registrar, bursar, and vice-chancellor.

The law’s change, according to House Committee on Higher Education Chairman Hon. Ishaku Sani Audu, shortened the four senior officials’ tenure from two terms of four years to one term of five years.

The lawmaker went on to say that the change will allow the university to follow worldwide best practices for operations.