by Christiana Gokyo, Jos
PLATEAU STATE – Following the impeachment of the suspended chairman of Qua’an Pan local government, Hon. Isaac Kwallu, by the Legislative Arm of the LGA, the Plateau state governor, Simon Bako Lalong, has sworn-in the LGC’s deputy chairman, Hon. Abdulmalik Yusuf Haruna, as substantive Executive Chairman.
At a brief ceremony at the New Government House, Little Rayfield-Jos, Governor Lalong said the event was coming in rather unusual circumstances because of the impeachment of the former chairman by members of the Legislative Arm, who had accused him on various acts of misconduct.
He also recalled that the former chairman was earlier suspended by the Plateau State House of Assembly. “Given this development and, in line with extant laws, it became necessary to swear-in the former Deputy Chairman, Hon. Abdulmalik Yusuf Haruna, so as to ensure that there is no vacuum in the administration of the local government,” Lalong remarked.
He charged the new chairman to live up to the responsibility of running the local government and meeting the aspirations of the people.
He said “Remember that you are to serve the people honestly and diligently, as the people are yearning for development at the grassroots. You are to hold this office in trust and to deliver good governance to the people of your local government with the fear of God.”
Governor Lalong further charged the new chairman to ensure that resources are utilised in line with the realities of Covid-19 where government funds have become scarce. He urged him to ensure prudence and give priority to programmes and projects that have direct impact on the lives of the people.
In a response, the new LGC chairman, Hon. Yusuf Abdulmalik Usman, said he considered his swearing-in “as an act of God,” saying he was ready to work with all stakeholders, particularly the Management Team and Members of the Legislative Arm as well as the traditional and security institutions.
He pledged that, “I will deploy my experience within the Local Government System to mobilise and reconcile all parties that may have been aggrieved because of the developments in the Local Government in recent times. I will also do my best to uplift the standard of living of the people, in order to make them feel the impact of government.”
He appealed to the people of Qua’an Pan to give him the support needed to work for the peace and prosperity of the Local Government Area.
The new chairman, who was born in 1969, is from Kurgwi in Qua’an Pan Local Government, and has a Bachelors Degree in History from the Nasarawa State University, Keffi. He was a counselor representing Kurgwi West, from 2004-2007.