The member representing Jaba Local Government Area in the Kaduna State House of Assembly, Hon. Bako Obadiah, said that the sack of District and Village heads by the state government has no legislative backing. He said no correspondence or circular was served to the state legislative arm on the sack.
The lawmaker, while addressing a press conference on Thursday in Kaduna, explained that the sack of the District and Village heads had made the villages in the state increasingly vulnerable to crisis of different magnitude, especially now that it is farming season.
He said the importance of the district and village heads cannot be over-emphasised, particularly in resolving disputes, conflicts and crisis in the communities, adding that they had played vital roles in lowering the number of cases being attended to at police stations and courts.
“We first heard about these development as a rumour due to the fact that no correspondence or circular was served to the legislative arm of government.
“I personally overheard the executive governor responding to a question asked about the sacked district and village heads issue on radio by saying it was an executive fiat and a non legislation and therefore has nothing to do with the state legislative arm of government,” he explained.
Reacting to the closed institutions in Southern Kaduna area of the state on grounds of insecurity, the lawmaker said the long closure of the institutions since last year needed to be revisited as a matter of urgency considering the relative peaceful atmosphere that the communities which host the institutions were currently enjoying.
On the conduct of local council elections, he said, “It is regrettable that the State Independent Electoral Commission, SIECOM, is yet to release the time table for local government elections despite all the support they have received so far from the State government.”
Hon. Obadiah further laments that, “When other states are already enjoying the dividends of democracy at the local government level, we are yet to see any practical signs to convince the people that democracy will soon return to the grassroots level of governance after two years and three months.”
The House member, who expressed the worries of his people, strongly called for the re-opening of the closed institutions, reinstatement of all the district and village heads and the need for SIECOM to liaise with the state government for immediate conduct of local government election in the state.