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Taraba Assembly passes bill for rotation of traditional stool in Takum



The Taraba State House of Assembly has finally brought an end to the conflict around the traditional leadership of the Takum local government council of the state.

In a session held on Friday in the state House of Assembly in Jalingo, the assembly members unanimously approved an executive bill establishing one rotational first-class chief and three third-class chiefs in the council.

The bill, which permits the rotation of the traditional stool, is anticipated to quell the long-standing crisis in Takum which had led to the loss of lives and property.

The legislative process began with the receipt of an executive communication regarding the Establishment of One Rotational 1st Class Chief and Three 3rd Class Chiefs in Takum.


Subsequently, the bill underwent scrutiny by a committee, leading to a public hearing that saw participation from various stakeholders, including the State Council of Chiefs, Ministry of Justice, Bureau for Local Governments and Chieftaincy Affairs, and numerous cultural and social associations representing diverse tribes in Takum.

During the hearing, divisions among stakeholders became apparent, with some voicing support for the bill while others vehemently opposed it, citing concerns over cultural heritage and inheritance.

In their reports, the House of Assembly Committee on Local Government, Traditional and Chieftaincy Affairs, led by former speaker, Peter Diah, emphasized the decision as a crucial step towards resolving the longstanding crisis in Takum.

Diah highlighted the necessity of unity among Takum’s populace, asserting that the rotational arrangement would foster reconciliation and peace.

Assembly members praised the committee’s efforts, expressing optimism that the bill would effectively address the protracted crisis in the region.


Deputy Speaker Hamman Adama, who presided over the sitting, commended the governor for achieving a milestone that had eluded his predecessors and applauded the committee for their diligent handling of the matter.

Source link: Daily Post

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