Member representing Guyuk Constituency in Adamawa State Assembly, Mr Sunday Peter, has kicked against approval of nominees for the Adamawa State Civil Service Commission by the House of Assembly at its special session noting that the appointment is not faith-balanced.
Peter who spoke to journalists in Yola shortly after the plenary presided over by the Speaker, Alhaji Kabiru Mijinyawa, said the confirmation did not follow due process by going through committee, and that all the five nominees belong to a particular faith which is not proper in a diverse state like Adamawa.
The Adamawa state House of Assembly had on Tuesday confirmed the appointment of five persons, all Muslims for the Chairman and four Commissioners for the state’s Civil Service Commission FOMBINATIMES has learnt.
Those confirmed and approved for the State Civil Service
Alhaji Shaibu Bobbo Hamid as Chairman.
Mohammed Abdu Mayas as Commissioner I.
Amina Kabiru as Commissioner II.
Aliyu Sadiq as Commissioner III.
Shehu Audu as Commissioner IV.
“This is a commission that handles employment, promotion and transfer of civil servants and therefore not proper for all principal officers of such commission to be dominated by a particular faith in a state like Adamawa,” Peter said.
Hon. Peter accused leadership of the house for misinforming the speaker, lamenting that members like him were not allowed to contribute at the plenary which could have stopped what he described as accelerated approvals.
Peter who is the chairman of the House Standing Committee on Information, also faulted the house approval to ratify a loan request for the executive saying it was improperly done as the house has no powers for such ratification.
“There is nowhere in our Standing Order that ratification is mentioned; the house can only pass a resolution or approved a virement.
“Also, section 123 of our rules say you can’t approve a letter from the governor within a day as was done in today’s sitting.” Hon. Peter said.
The aggrieved member also criticized the adjournment of the house to May 20, saying the adjournment was not properly done as required with the support of leadership of the two parties (APC and PDP) in the house.
Peter said what the house did was simply a rush to approve an illegality that would not stand.
“I am saying this as a lawmaker, I am saying this as a representative of my people and as the spokesman of the house.
“I wanted to draw the attention of the speaker but because of a certain interest I was overlooked.”
The lawmaker advised that the house needed to come back and do the needful as what it did on Tuesday would not stand.
When contacted, the Assembly Majority Leader, Alhaji Mohammed Hayatu Atiku said the house was on track, adding that Peter who claimed that he was not recognized to make contribution at the plenary should have raised “point of order” for the speaker to allow him to speak.
Atiku dismissed Peter’s reaction as ‘self-serving’, saying that the lawmaker was on his own.
“We observed due process and all the approvals were by simply majority as required in the matters.
“In short, we don’t know what Peter is trying to achieve. He is on his own,” Atiku said.
In another development, the state house of assembly has confirmed and approved the appointments of Chairman and Members of Adamawa State House of Assembly Service Commission.
Those approved for the State Assembly Service Commission are Alhaji Dauda Jauro as Chairman, Jibirilla Adamu Duhu Commissioner I, Yawale Bultungo Commissioner II, Ngyamanu Shadrach Commissioner III and Abubakar Hamman Commissioner IV.