Names Of Plateau State Statutory Commission Members Sworn in by Gov. Simon Lalong

 Names Of Plateau State Statutory Commission Members Sworn in by Gov. Simon Lalong

In carrying out his constitutional duties, the Executive Governor Of Plateau State, Rt. Hon. Barr. Simon Lalong, swore-in new members Plateau State Independent Electoral Commission (PLASIEC) and Plateau State Judicial Commission (PSJC). These moves kick start the process of granting to the people of Plateau State the constitutionally provided right to chose for themselves managers of their commonwealth at the third tier of government and also to help in the administration of the judiciary in the State respectively. 
Below is the speech of the Governor during this very important occasion.


Today ( Tuesday, 28th November, 2016 ) we are gathered here as citizens of our State and as living witnesses of the Swearing-in of members of two of the three statutory Commissions, that by the requirement of the 1999 Constitution as Amended, are to be established for each State.

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 It would be recalled that on the 12th October, 2016, in pursuance of, and in the exercise of the Powers conferred on me by Section 198 as set out particularly in Section 197, Paragraphs 3 and Paragraph 5, as well as the Plateau State Independent Electoral Commission Law 2011;

I forwarded to the House of Assembly, the names of the under listed persons for confirmation of their appointment into the Plateau State Independent Electoral Commission (PLASIEC);

  1. Mr. Fabian Ntung                  –       Chairman
  2. Comrade Patrick Mamgin    –       Member
  3. Mr. Joshua Pefun                  –       Member
  4. Dr. Steven Hirse                    –       Member
  5. Mr. Peter Adala                     –       Member
  6. Mr. Lamidi Tangenze            –       Member
  7. Mrs Hafsatu Hassan             –       Member
  8. Mr. James Dashan                –       Member

And for the Plateau State Judicial Service Commission (SJSC);

  1. Bar. Stephen T. Abar            –       Member
  2. Barr Tony Y. Agaga               –       Member
  3. Mrs Eunice Ayisa Sambo      –       Member
  4. Hon. Benshak Dalop             –       Member

The other statutory members of the Commission as constitutionally set out by their Ex-officio Status in Paragraph 5 Part II of the Third Schedule are;

  •  The Chief Judge of the State as Chairman
  •  The Attorney General
  •  The Grand Khadi of the Shariah Court of Appeal
  •  The President of the Customary Court of Appeal

These members who have now been sworn in consequent upon their confirmation by the State House of Assembly, have fulfilled the requirements of Law as constitutionally enshrined for such appointment.

I have taken time to outline the constitutional provisions that have guided the composition and inauguration of the members of the Two Statutory Commissions, so our citizens can see that we are compliant. Further to this is the fact that we need to understand as citizens, that to every act of Governance and the conduct of Government, the activities of Government are guided by a clear understanding of the conditions that must be precedent and subsequent in her compliance of that Law.
These are no doubt periods of great expectations and indeed anxieties; a reason for which ever since the dissolution of Local Government Council Executives, by this Administration, citizens had looked forward to the constitution of the PLASIEC to give a ray of hope, that the third tier of Government would soon be governed by democratically constituted Executives.

It is needful to mention that notwithstanding the fact that the issue of the dissolution is still subjudiced, the Constitution of these two Commissions today has been guided by the Statutory effusion of the tenure of members of the last commission as enshrined in the Constitution, and our unflinching desire to constitute all statutory outlined commissions of Government.

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I have no doubt in mind that the swearing-in today, offers to our citizens the desired hope, that we are committed to not only conducting within the stipulation of time and compliance of the Provision of Law, elections into Local Governments, but that we are also committed to setting in place a democratic structure, that will guarantee transition and succession, from one democratically elected Local Council Executives to another.
We are not talking election for democracy but democracy for election; this is the reason why we have ensured that the edict of PLASIEC is being amended, and all the necessary aspects of human and material resources are mobilized, to ensure that the process of a credible, acceptable, free and fair election is conducted into the Local Government Councils. To us as a democratic Government; a credible election will be one that is characterized by inclusiveness, transparency, accountability, competitiveness, participation and conducted by an unbiased electoral management body.

Our citizens will no doubt be itching to know when the council election will be conducted. Our response will simply be at the time the stipulation of time for the activities of the Commission by the Law is fulfilled beginning from today, being the day of the Swearing-in, and the level of preparedness of all the relevant Arms and Agencies of Government stipulated in Law for the conduct of the election. Like I mentioned, it will simply be the fulfillment of all the conditions precedent to the election and the preparedness of all these relevant Agencies to meet up with all the conditions subsequent to the election.

By this statement, it is my expectation that the PLASIEC will be addressing all stakeholders and in fact all citizens of our State as they settle to business immediately. I need to mention to all our Politicians who will seek to build political capital manipulatively out of the innocence and in some point ignorance of some of our citizens, that when they say the constitution enshrines a provision for democratically elected councils at all levels, they should be honourable to inform the people that beginning today, the PLASIEC assumes her independence as constitutionally enshrined by the same Constitution. So now, I await the independence of her decisions as it pertains to her activities, particularly the conduct of the Local Government Elections.

The State Judicial Service Commission (SJSC) is also coming in at a very critical time in the global war against corruption. Plateau State has signed up for this war publicly and we are prosecuting the war purposefully. In the last two weeks and infact only as recent as yesterday, I took the leverage to address the Nigerian Bar Association, Jos Branch; the Inner Bar, the Official Bar and the Bench in attendance at the 19th Justice Dauda Azaki Memorial Lecture, on the devastating effect of corruption in our Nation.

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We set out a clear charge for the Judiciary, to rise up to the challenge and do the needful, in giving our country hope, in the incorruptible discharge of their duties. As members of the Judicial Service Commission, whose constitutional mandate entails the exercise of the powers to recommend for appointment, or to appoint, dismiss and exercise disciplinary control over Judicial Officers, your integrity has been upheld by this appointment and it is now being put to test. Our State will be watching to see whether you are part of the problem or solution, to the myriad of problems we are facing as a Nation because of corruption.

May I re-emphasize to all the Sworn-in members of the Commissions here today, that going by your appointment, you have been found to be mature in age, sound in mind, experienced and persons of integrity, befitting to be a member of a State House of Assembly. The implication of this is that, you represent collectively the best of Judgment of the Plateau State House of Assembly. I can assure you that the House will ever be willing, to invoke the same powers acting on my recommendation, if you put their integrity to test. You cannot afford to fail, because your integrity is at stake, likewise the integrity of the House and the very people you represent. The collective expectation of our State is that you will excel, this should not be dashed by you as individuals or as a group.
As I draw this speech to a close, I urge you for your own good, the good of our citizens and the good of posterity, to be compliant with the sound dictate of your conscience and the requirement of law, in the discharge of your duties. As you make sincere efforts, God will help you to succeed.
Finally, I want to thank the Rt. Hon. Speaker and Honourable Members of the Plateau State House of Assembly, for the timely screening and confirmation of the members. May I also request that you conclude on all matters of law awaiting passage, for the effective execution of the duties, of the members of the Commission.
Plateau is on the march to greatness and a new dawn is setting; with patience, and sustained partnership in this social contract with our people, we will get to our destination.

Thank you and God bless Plateau State.
Rt. Hon. Simon Bako Lalong

Executive Governor

Source: MatthewTegha Blog

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