Ibrahim Abdullahi, speaker, Nasarawa state house of assembly, says the house has passed the 2019 local government amended bill into law.

The bill is aimed to empower the state governor to create fourth class traditional chiefdom in the state.

This was contained in a statement issued on Sunday, by Jibrin Gwamna, his press secretary, and made available to NAN in Keffi.

The statement said that the speaker announced the passage of the bill during an emergency sitting of the house held on May 24.

Abdullahi revealed that before now the Nasarawa state local government law 2018, Section 51, sub-section 1, gives the state governor power to create 1st class, 2nd class and 3rd class status only.

The statement, however, said with the new amendment, the state governor is now empowered to create fourth class traditional chiefdom so as to give some communities in the state a sense of belonging.

According to the statement, Abubakar Imam, the chairman house standing committee on judiciary and member representing Lafia central, said the amendment was timely considering how various communities are agitating for chiefdom in the state.

The statement maintained that members unanimously adopted the report after Tanko Tunga (APC-Awe North), the majority leader of the house, moved a motion for the third reading of the bill.

The statement said that the motion was seconded by Mohammed Okpede, the minority leader and member representing Doma north constituency.

Abdullahi added that more communities will benefit from the new law through getting chiefdom in the state.

The speaker restated the continued commitment of the house to pass resolutions and enact bills that would have direct bearing on the lives of the people of the state.

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