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February 23, 2024

Taraba Assembly adopts rotational system to resolve chieftaincy tussle

Taraba Assembly adopts rotational system to resolve chieftaincy tussle

By Femi Bolaji

The Taraba State House of Assembly has finally adopted the rotation of a first-class chieftaincy stool among the three major ethnic groups in Takum local government area to resolve the 28-year-old tussle, which has left the position vacant.

The bill, sponsored by Governor Agbu Kefas, also advocated for the creation of three third-class stools, which has now been ratified by the State Assembly.

In a unanimous decision, the State lawmakers, after deliberating on the report of a public hearing on the bill presented by House Committee Chairman on Local Government, Tradition, and Chieftaincy Affairs, Abel Diah, passed it into law.

They agreed that the first-class stool would now be rotated between the Chamba, Kuteb, and Jukun-Takum ethnic groups.

Deputy Speaker Hamanadama Abdullahi, who presided over the sitting, stated that the house’s decision was the best approach to accommodate everyone claiming ownership of the stool.

He also noted that a similar truce was brokered some time ago for the first-class stool in Sardauna local government area.

The House Committee Chairman on Local Government, Tradition, and Chieftaincy Affairs, Abel Diah,

who earlier spoke on behalf of his committee members, stated that they recommended a modification of the bill’s title to give every tribe in the dispute a sense of belonging.

He further stressed during an interview with journalists that the new law has finally resolved the chieftaincy tussle among the three major ethnic groups in Takum local government area.