The Taraba State House of Assembly has approved a bill modifying the tenure of elected local government officials.
This decision was made during an emergency session, held privately due to an ongoing strike by parliamentary staff.
Mr. Nelson Len, the chairman of the House Committee on Information, disclosed this update to reporters in Jalingo, highlighting that the revised law will affect the imminent council of local officials set to be elected on November 18.
The House amended the previous three-year term for elected local government officials, reducing it to two years.
Additionally, Len mentioned that the 10th Assembly, with Governor Agbu Kefas’s authorization, settled seven years’ worth of overdue allowances for legislative staff.
”We passed the Bill for the amendment of local government elected officials’ tenure from three years to two years.
“The Bill has been laying there since the previous administration and since the local government election is coming up on Saturday, 18th November 2023, we saw it as important to pass the Bill for the incoming officials to be bound by the amended law.
“I wish to also inform you that we have just paid all the seven years outstanding parliamentary staff allowances as approved by Gov. Agbu Kefas.
“I, on behalf of the speaker and members of the Assembly, commend Kefas for his Godly heart toward the welfare of Taraba workers. If there is any staff who has not received his alert by now, I believe it is a network issue from his or her Bank,” Len disclosed.