Bauchi State Governor, Senator Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed, on Friday, declared that the relative peace at Tafawa Balewa in Tafawa Balewa Local Government Area of the state should not be taken for granted, hence everything possible had to be done to maintain the peace there.
Governor Mohammed made the declaration shortly before inaugurating a 30-man committee constituted by the state government to review the implementation of the reports of Justice Babalakin, Shehu Awak and Justice Bala Umar Commissions of Inquiry on the creation of Sayawa Chiefdom.
Reviewing the various commissions of inquiry set up after each episode of ethnoreligious crises in the area, the governor charged members of the committee to be meticulous in the discharge of the assignment given to them.
While saying that previous crises in the area led to loss of lives and properties and emphasising that such must stop, Mohammed asserted that the task given to the committee is onerous.
He declared that his administration, being a responsive one, was determined to put the issue of Sayawa chiefdom to rest once and for all.
“The relative peace in Tafawa Balewa and environs must not be taken for granted. We must do everything humanly and administratively possible to ensure that the peace is maintained even beyond the area to cover the entire state.
“As a responsible and responsive government, we are determined to ensure that the issue is rested once and for all. I, therefore, urge you to do diligent work which will be acceptable to all the stakeholders,” Governor Mohammed said.
He then took a swipe at previous administrations in the state for their lack of political will to implement all the reports of the commissions, submitting that it was only the Malam Isa Yuguda-led administration that took the bold step of going as far as enacting a law creating the Sayawa Chiefdom.
The terms of reference of the 30-member committee, according to the governor are: To resolve the issue of Sayawa Chiefdom as recommended by Justice Babalakin, Shehu Awak and Justice Bala Umar’s Committees and the enabling law on the creation of the chiefdom and establish the demarcation, allocation of capital and the modalities for the appointment of the chief, his class and title.
He added that the committee is, to also discuss and resolve all agitations within the chiefdom, including resettlement of those driven out of Tafawa Balewa Town at Burgel Junction; recommend legal modalities of establishing the chiefdom if necessary as well to report on any matter incidental to the assignment.
Responding on behalf of members of the committee, the chairman, Ambassador Jibrin Dada Chinade, expressed appreciation to the governor for finding them among many equally qualified people in the state to carry out the assignment.
While assuring that the committee will do its best, Chinade said, “the task ahead of us an onerous one but by the grace of God, we will do our best to deliver as expected so that all people of the state will be proud of the outcome”.
He then solicited support and cooperation of all stakeholders in with a view to enabling the committee to conclude its assignment in record time.