Governor Tanmo Al-Makura has been summoned to appear before the lawmakers.
The Nasarawa State chairman of the State Universal Basic Education board, Abdulkarim Muhammed has stated that the state’s house of assembly has the right to investigate ministries and other government agencies.
Speaking to newsmen in his office as he received the newly elected officers of the state’s chapter of the Nigerian Union of teachers, NUT, Mr. Muhammed urged the state governor, Tanko Al –Makura, to respect the rule of law and avoid sycophants who do not wish him well.
Mr. Muhammed commended the steps taken by the State House of assembly to investigate the legality and justification behind naming a public school, TAAL Model School after a registered company owned by the state governor. The SUBEB chairman was summoned last week by the Assembly to give details of contracts in his office and to explain why the school was given its name. Mr. Muhammed was thereafter asked to change the name of the school.
Mr. Muhammed said, as elected representatives of the people, the Assembly could take decisions on behalf of their people on controversial issues within the public domain..
“A healthy way of promoting dialogue and to protect the integrity of government is to make such issues open. It would help in exposing the position of the public and also enrich their knowledge. Even though, some people, for political reasons, are not comfortable with the process, the motive is worthwhile and commendable,” he said.
He then advised Mr. Al-Makura to guard against some of his aides who are misleading him under the pretext of doing their jobs, adding that the governor should run an objective government which respects the rule of law in order to avoid unnecessary tension.
Mr. Muhammed disclosed that the board would soon recruit 400 teachers; while he advised intending applicants to avoid racketeers who demand money to “help” with the application process.