In a press statement made available to newsmen, the Press Secretary to the governor, Abubakar Al-Sadique, said the dissolution of the Districts Areas in the state was necessitated by the increase from 39 to 193 by the immediate past administration, without consideration for the state of finances of the state.
The governor lamented that the increase in the number of District Areas was driven by sentiments that eroded the integrity of the institution and rendered the institution too weak to effectively deliver, stressing that later developments after the dissolution indicate yearnings of the people signaling love for the increase.
Governor Abubakar said the calls for review of the Districts have made it imperative for government to revisit the dissolution of the new Districts in a manner that the exercise will protect integrity of the traditional institution and increase its efficiency and effectiveness.
“Government decided to constitute a committee of integrated personalities to conduct this review with a view to reinstating those found to be reasonable and devoid of sentiments,” Governor Abubakar said.
The governor charged members of the committee to be guided by the dignity and respectability of the traditional institution, the history and the population of the Districts to be created, and the desirability or otherwise of the exercise in view of the dwindling resources available to government.
Governor Abubakar charged the committee to liaise with the emirate and local government councils for guidance in demarcating and delineating the boundaries of the District, Village and Hamlet Areas.
Terms of reference of the committee are to recommend the number of Districts to be created or reinstated, to demarcate and delineate boundaries of both the old and the new District and Village Areas in the state, to identify constituent Village Areas of each Village Areas and to consider the contiguity of Village and Hamlet Areas within the Districts.
Members of the committee are retired AIG Garba Mohammed (Sarkin Yakin Katagum), Ambassador Babaji Umar (Wazirin Misau), Alhaji Nuhu Mohammed Wabi (Yariman Jama’are), Alhaji Lawal Baraza (Sardaunan Dass), Alhaji Haruna Yunusa (Chiroman Ningi), Alhaji Bala Ahmed Baban Inna (Limamin Bauchi), Alhaji Bala Attahiru (Ajiyan Bauchi), Alhaji Mohammed Gadoji (Turakin Katagum), Alhaji Abubakar Isa, Alhaji Babayo Ahmed (Katukan Misau), Alhaji Mustapha Katagum, Alhaji Ibrahim Musa Tafawa Balewa, Alhaji Bashir Yakubu Lame.
The committee has five weeks to complete and submit its reports to government.