The Nasarawa State House of Assembly has inaugurated an ad hoc committee for investigating Governor Abdullahi Sule’s Senior Special Assistant on Development Control, Stanley Buba, over alleged impersonation and forgery.
Recall that Mr Buba had been accused of usurping the powers of the Managing Director, Nasarawa Urban Development Board, NUDB, in issuing land tenancy revenue receipts, an infraction that attracts a 14-year jail term in the state.
However, Mr Buba who appeared before the Assembly on September 9, had insisted that his schedule of duty includes issuing approvals, even as he agreed that the law establishing the NUDB states that the Managing Director of the agency has the final say for all urban development activities in the state.
Inaugurating the six-man ad hoc committee, the Speaker of the House, Ibrahim Balarabe, said the house was not out to witch-hunt anybody, but to carry out its legitimate functions.
“The house was not satisfied with all positions as stated by Stanley Buba. It was in that regard the house set up a committee to investigate further.
“I want to make it very clear that we have tremendous confidence in this committee to investigate the activities of the SSA.
“I also want to make it clear we are trying to sanitize the system, correct the wrong, not harass or intimidate any government official,” the speaker said.
Also speaking, the chairman of the committee, David Maiyaki, assured that no amount of pressure would make the committee succumb in carrying out its assignment.
According to him, the committee is determined to do a good job within the timeframe, assuring that “no amount of intimidation will make the committee derail on its responsibilities”.
He said: “As lawmakers, we are determined to do the right thing, to make sure we represent our people and if we represent our people we must ensure the right thing is done.
“I don’t think we will accept any pressure or be intimidated by any pressure, we are going to do our job provided we are doing it in the right way.
“Whether he is from the same place with the governor, we have a governor that is god fearing and prudent and ensures the rule of law”.