The Ichen Community of Bissaula in Kurmi Local Government Area of Taraba State on Monday kicked against the planned upgrade of 15 village areas to districts by the state government.
The group while applauding Governor Darius Ishaku for his efforts at ensuring the return of peace between Ichen and Ndaka people decried that the proposed upgrade when the Commission of Inquiry into the crisis between Ichen and Ndaka in the area is yet to submit its report is ill-intended.
Mr Fhatso Tukura while addressing journalists in Jalingo on behalf of Ichen in the Bissaula, called on the State House of Assembly to visit the proposed village areas to determine the suitability or otherwise of the proposal before giving the memo a legislative backing.
Tukura said, “we appreciate the efforts of government in finding a solution to the crisis between the Ichen and Ndaka in Bissaula, including the setting up of a Commission of Inquiry.
“However, we find it strange that the Chairman of Kurmi Local Government, Hon. Ammamzalla John-Danladi has sent a memo to the State Governor, requesting the upgrading of 15 village areas to districts and the creation of three additional districts in the Ichen and Ndola Chiefdoms.
“The government’s priority should be to install the Third-Class Chief of Ichen Chiefdom in Kurmi Local Government, who will be in the best position to begin the process of creating more districts, rather than the Local Government Chairman.
“The precedent of making every village area in Kurmi Local Government a district will mean that every village area in the 16 local government areas will demand that their village areas be upgraded to districts, thereby undermining the importance of the exercise,” he decried
While citing the Taraba State Upgrading of Traditional Rulers and the Creation of Districts Law 2018, as well as the section 12 of the Taraba State Chiefs Appointments and Deposition Law, Tukura expressed that the law provides that; “the Governor shall have the power to create and/or upgrade a district upon recommendation by the traditional council where the district is situated subject to the confirmation of the State House of Assembly.”
Tukura argued that the instant recommendation is not from the Traditional Council, but the Local Government Council without consultation with the Traditional Council.
They expressed fear of possible attack in the area, and appealed to the state government to deploy soldiers to Bissaula and Sunkuru as soon as possible to prevent further attacks and killings.