By Patience Ogbodo
BAUCHI -Â THE Bauchi StateÂ House of Assembly has suspended all theÂ chairmen, vice chairmen and the secretaries of the 20 local government areas in the state indefinitely.
The suspension follows the adoption of the reports of the three committees set up by the House of Assembly to investigate the activities of the local government councils in the state.
Moving the motion on the floor of the House, Majority Leader of the House, Dayyabu Chiroma, representing Darazo Constituency, explained that their suspension would give room for a thorough assessment of their performance.
Chiroma explained that there was need for the council chairmen to be suspended to enable the House complete their investigation.
The motion which was seconded by Auwal Jatau, representing Sakwa in Zaki Local Government Area, did not attract any counter motion as the majority of those present unanimously called for the suspension of the local government chairmen for gross abuse of their office.
Since it was the wish of the entire House to suspend the chairmen, the House presided over by the Deputy Speaker, Mohammed Pali, has no choice than to accept the decision of the majority.
Speaking with journalists, Acting Speaker, Mohammed Pali, was not definite on the time frame of the suspension but said the chairmen, deputies and secretaries would remain suspended until the House complete their assignment.
According to him, there was no specific period the suspension will last, noting that they remain suspended until the committees set up by the House complete their assignment. He further explained that the House took the decision in order to give them a fair hearing.
He said their suspension did not mean that council chairmen had been sacked and expressed optimism that either some of them or all of them might return to their seat if the allegations against them had been proved to be wrong.
Last week, when the House resumed from their recess, what preoccupied their mind was the submission of committee reports which indicted various local government chairmen for variously inflating some of their contracts awarded.