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Taraba crisis re-emerges

25 December 2013, 06:34

Abuja - The problems afflicting the Taraba State took a new twist as aggrieved members of the Taraba State House of Assembly yesterday shunned the presentation of the 2014 budget by the acting state governor, Alhaji Garba Umar.

This is the latest in a series of standoffs that have characterised the local administration since some leaders blocked the reinstatement of governor Dunbaba Suntai following his return from a lengthy treatment in the United States.

The ruling People's Democratic Party resolved the issue by retaining Umar as the acting governor but insisting he could only make major decision by consulting Suntai.

"We decided to stay away because we cannot continue to support illegality," said Abel Peter Diah, one of the members that shunned the budget presentation.

Some officials said they decided to stay away because the courts had halted the House and the Acting Governor from carrying out certain functions pending the final ruling. Amid the furore the budget presentation prevailed.

"It is not mandatory for everybody to be in the sitting," the Speaker of the House, Josiah Sabo Kente, said.

"All what I know is that we are doing our constitutional responsibility. What we are doing is for the interest of the state and for the government of the day to function effectively."

In his presentation tagged the "Budget of Hope" the sum of N79,6 billion was budgeted for the 2014 fiscal year.

Umar said that the government could succeed without the cooperation of the people.

"Every citizen must live up to his civil responsibility as government strives to create the enabling environment through the maintenance of peace and security, provision of the necessary infrastructure and
sustained economic development," Kente said.

- CAJ News


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