By Joy Odor
The high-powered committee on the creation of additional districts and village areas set up by the Nasarawa State Government, has invited the general public to submit memoranda (MoU) towards facilitating its objectives.
This was contained in a statement issued by the secretary of the committee, Abubakar Isa Abdullahi, in Lafia, on Friday.
Interested parties are expected to submit the memoranda latest by Friday, 1st July, 2022.
According to the statement, the committee is inviting interested communities and stakeholders from across the state to submit memoranda before it on any of the stated terms of reference of the committee, with a view to facilitating its assignment.
The committee specified that the memoranda on request for the creation of district and village areas, should be type-written, double spaced and contain the history, population, size, eligibility and method of selection of the proposed districts and; or village areas.
It stated further that, memoranda in respect of the disputes in the composition of existing chiefdoms, districts and village areas and other matters therein, should be accompanied with relevant supporting documents.
“All written memoranda should be addressed to the Chairman and submitted in fifteen (15) copies each to the Secretary of the Committee, Political Affairs Department, Office of the Secretary to the Government of Nasarawa State, Shendam Road, Lafia on or before Friday, 1st July, 2022,” the statement added.
The committee directed that all those desirous of making oral submission before it, should also contact the secretary as mentioned above from Friday, 24th June to Friday, 1st July, 2022.
It would be recalled that only recently, Nasarawa State Governor, Engineer Abdullahi Sule inaugurated the high-powered committee on creation of additional districts and village areas, with the following terms of reference.
Consider the financial implication for the creation of additional district and village areas in the State, identify the requirements for the creation of district and village areas, exercise equity and fairness in the recommendation of any community worthy of upgrade and review identified cases of composition of Chiefdoms, Districts and Village areas with defective and deficient instruments and its implication on their modus operandi.
Also, examine disputed territories, expansionist tendencies and claims over contentious chiefdoms, district and village areas, ascertain compliance with the requirements of section 52(2) of the Nasarawa State Local Government Law as regards the name of territorial jurisdiction of emirates and chiefdoms, as well as methods and college of selection, recommend appropriate solutions to address identified conflicts in the identified chiefdoms, districts and village areas, as well as consider any other issue incidental to the above terms of reference and make appropriate recommendation.