- A split of the Jos joint traditional council has been effected by Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau state
- The council has been divided into Jos north and Riyom traditional councils
- This was seen by many as Governor Lalong's effort to reduce the power of the paramount traditional ruler, Gbong Gwom Jos, Jacob Gyang Buba
The Jos joint traditional council chaired by the Gbong Gwom Jos, Jacob Gyang Buba, has been split into Jos north and Riyom traditional councils by Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau state.
After forming new chiefdoms and promoting the status of others such as the Anaguta chiefdom in Jos north and that of the Aten of Ganawuri in Riyom in 2018, Governor Lalong has presented a first-class staff of office to the Ujah of Anaguta and Atar Aten of Ganawuri, Daily Trust reports.
In a statement by Dayyabu Garga, the commissioner for local government and chieftaincy affairs, to the chairmen of Jos north and Riyom local government areas, the governor directed the new traditional councils to comprise all the graded chiefs, district heads, village heads and their staff who are from both local government areas.
Although the move has been seen as an effort to tame the power of the paramount ruler, the statement claimed that the state government's resolve was in according with Section 91(1) of the 2016 local government law, adding that Section 91(3) of the law also states that the most senior traditional rulers in each local government shall be presidents of Jos North and Riyom traditional councils.
Naturally, this has brewed tension in the state as some are now of the opinion that Jacob Gyang would ceased to be Gbong Gwom Jos, will henceforth be described as Gbong Gwom Berom.
However, in reaction to the insinuation, Gyang on Thursday, May 16, said: “That is an absolute misconception and not a true reflection of the implication of the current development.” He maintained that he is still the Gbong Gwom Jos.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the governor of Kano, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, had promised that he would sign the bill splitting the state’s emirate into four once it is passed by the House of Assembly.
The bill sought to break the Kano emirate into four so each would have first-class monarchs. Ganduje made the promise on Wednesday, May 8, during a media briefing just before the commencement of the 136th state executive council meeting.
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