Sayawa people mostly found in Bogoro and Tafawa Balewa LGAs of Bauchi State may soon heave a sigh of relief as the State Governor, Sen. Bala Mohammed Abdulkadir has approved the constitution of a 30-member committee on the review and implementation of reports of Justice Babalakin, Shehu Awak and Justice Bala Umar on the creation of Sayawa Chiefdom.
A letter to that effect was issued by Secretary to Bauchi State Government, Barr Ibrahim Kashim dated 8th December 2021 with reference number Our Ref: GO/SS/POL/5/83/T.
The letter which was addressed to members of the committee reads: “I am directed to inform you that in an effort to find a lasting solution to the lingering issue of the creation of Sayawa Chiefdom, His Excellency, Sen. Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed, CON, the Governor of Bauchi State has approved your appointment as the Member of the above named Committee. The entire membership and Terms of Reference of the Committee are as follows.”
Ambassador Jibrin Dada Chinade, OFR, Chairman; Sen. Adamu Ibrahim Gumba; Ambassador David Bala Gambar; Major General Yakubu Usman (Rtd); Prof. Salisu Shehu and Sheikh Dan’azumi Musa T/Balewa as members.
Other members of the committee are State Chairman, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN); Ibrahim Musa T/Balewa; Surv. Yahaya Baba; Umar Barau Ningi, mni xi. 2 Representatives of Bauchi Emirate Council and Alh. Garba Mohammed Noma (Jarman Bauchi).
Also appointed as members are: Yusuf Garba (Chairman Alkaleri LGA); Engr. Salmanu Mohammed; Prof. Sylvester S. Shikyil, SAN; Prof. S. M. Yalams; Chairman of ZAAR Devt. Association and Chairman of JHAR Forum.
The rest are Hon. Aminu Tukur Duguryel; Engr. Ahmed Moh’d Yakubu Jumba representing Jamaatul Nasril Islam (JNI); Chairman, Zauren Gwanto; Representative of Ministry for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs and Representative of Ministry of Justice.
Also included are; Representative of Local Government Service Commission; Representative of Bauchi State House of Assembly; Hon. Musa Mohammed Lumo, Members representing Lere/Bula constituency in the State House of Assembly; Hon. Musa Wakili Nakwada, Member representing Bogoro Constituency in the State House of Assembly; Hon. Bala Ali, Member representing Dass Constituency in the State House of Assembly; Representatives of the 2 Major Political Parties (PDP & APC); Surv. Adamu Chindo, former Deputy Surveyor-General; Hashimu Yakubu, Special Adviser, Gen. Services, SSG’s Office while Barr. Kefas Magaji, Special Adviser, Legal Matters will serve as Secretary and Danjuma Garba Permanent Secretary, General Services Department, SSG’s Office will serve as Asst. Secretary.
The terms of reference of the committee 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.
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.
The Committee is to also submit its report within six weeks from the date of inauguration.
The letter concluded that “Your appointment is informed by your track record of honesty, hard work, transparency, fairness and fear of God. It is hoped that you will bring these qualities to bear in the discharge of this onerous assignment to resolve the issue of the Sayawa Chiefdom once and for all.”
It will be recalled that the administration of former Governor, Isa Yuguda had assented to the law creating the Sayawa Chiefdom but the bone of contention has remained the headquarters of the Chiefdom as well as the procedure of selecting the Chief and his nomenclature.
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