Governor Caleb Mutfwang of Plateau State has declared that he would not reverse the appointment of Interim Management Committees he made for all the 17 Local Governments of the state.
Governor Mutfwang made the vow on Thursday following the Inspector General of Police, Usman Baba’s order sealing all the 17 Local Government Secretariats in the state by the state Commissioner of Police.
The Governor’s Director of Press and Public Affairs, Gyang Bere quoting his principal saying the appointments were lawful
The statement appealed to the people of the state to be calm over the lawful changes in the Local Government system in the state.
He said with the appointments, the government is taking lawful steps to return the Local Government system to a sound footing for massive development at the grassroots.
“He urged citizens in the state not to indulge in any unlawful activity that will undermine peace and security in the state.
“The Governor reassures Plateau State citizens that the security of lives and property remains the topmost priority of his administration as it is the foundation that gives birth to all forms of growth and development.
“He noted that the task of building a united and secure Plateau is a collective one and the government is making frantic efforts to address the current happenings at the local government level”
Governor Mutfwang has suspended last week all the chairmen in the local government areas of the state alongside the councilors to pave the way for investigations following allegations of financial impropriety leveled against them by the state legislature.
They were later replaced by the governor with interim management committees to run the affairs in the council areas but the former council officials who were all members of the All Progressives Congress had rejected their suspension and vowed to remain in their offices.
IGP Baba had earlier on Thursday directed the State Commissioner of Police, Bartholomew Onyeka to seal off the secretariats of the LGs following rising tension due to the change of guard at the councils.
The police explained that they were closing the secretariats to forestall the breakdown of law and order.