By Mohammed Baba Busu
Lafia – Nasarawa State House of Assembly has summoned Mr Stanley Buba, the Senior Special Assistant (SSA), to Gov. Abdullahi Sule on Development Control, to appear before it on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020 by 10am over leadership crisis.
The assembly said it summoned Buba to give him a fair hearing on the leadership crisis between him and the Managing Director of the Niger State Urban Development Board (NUDB), Adamu Sule.
The House Speaker, Alhaji Ibrahim Balarabe-Abdullahi, issued the summon after Suleiman Azara, Chairman, House Committee on NUDB raised the issue under the matters of public importance during the House proceedings in Lafia on Monday.
Balarabe-Abdullahi said that the invitation extended to the SSA was to enable him to explain to the House on why he undermined the resolutions passed by the House Committee on NUDB over the leadership crisis facing the board.
“I want to commend Mr Suleiman Azara for bringing this matter of public importance and Assembly members for your positive contributions on this matter.
“We are all aware that NUDB is a creation of this House and by law. We cannot sit to allow any person or group of persons undermine the power of this House.
“We are summoning the SSA to appear before this House on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020 by 10am.
“This is to enable him to provide the House or give some clarifications and information on allegation raised by Assembly members against him.
“It will also give him the opportunity to express himself on the leadership crisis; he may have some vital information to give us that we may not know,” the speaker said.
He directed the clerk to the House to communicate the House’s resolution to the SSA on or before the closing hours of Monday.
Earlier, the Chairman, House Committee on NUDB, Mr Suleiman Azara (APC-Awe-South) said that the SSA was undermining the power of the committee over the leadership crisis between him and the Managing Director (MD), of the Board.
Azara said that the leadership crisis between the two senior officers undermined the board’s development, hence the need of the committee’s intervention.
“When we invited the affected officials, they both explained their sides of their powers and we have taken a position based on the law that established the NUDB.
“Unfortunately, the SSA proved to the committee that he is more powerful than the committee.
“It is in view of this that I am raising this matter on the need for the House to intervene in order to avert future re-occurrence,” he said.
Mr Daniel Ogazi (APC- Kokona East), and the Deputy Majority Leader of the House, seconded the motion on the need for the House to invite the SSA.
“The responsibility of the SSA is purely advisory. The MD is the head of the board.
“The SSA should appear before the House to explain why he is taking the responsibilities of the MD and the board.
David Maiyaki (PDP- Karu/Gitata), Dr Peter Akwe (PDP- Obi 1), and Mohammed Omadefu (APC-Keana), all supported the motion to summon the SSA on the need for the SSA to appear to explain his action.
According to them, the law establishing NUDB is clear and the Managing Director is the Chief Accounting Officer of the Board while the SSA can only play an advisory role to the governor and management of the board.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), recalls that the state House of Assembly Committee on NUDB headed by Azara had on Sept. 1, resolved the leadership crisis rocking NUDB. (NAN)