Group Calls For Swearing-In Of Ag. Gov. Umar As Substantive Governor

Garba UmarA political group known as The Save Taraba Group (TSTG) has called for the swearing-in of the Acting Governor of Taraba State, Alhaji Garba Umar as substantive governor without further delays following what it called the existence of a ‘parallel administration’ in the state.

In a press statement issued in Abuja by the coordinators of the group Mr. Adamu Bello and comrade Inuwa Benson, TSTG said the call became necessary to preserve the economic and political future of the state.

“While capital expenditures are dispensed with the approval of the governor, contingency funds are shared between the office of the governor and that of the acting governor, in what is believed to be a weird parallel administration in a constitutional democracy,” the group said.

It further said the current arrangement was beginning to create an uneasy calm as it has resulted in the “stalling of state projects and proposals, creation of lethargy in decision making process, mutual suspicion amongst Suntai and Umar aides and the exposure of the ethno-religious fault-lines of the Taraba people”.

The group decried the situation where Danbaba Suntai remains the state governor while Umar takes charge of the day-to-day running of the state as Acting Governor, saying it is not only retrogressive but unhelpful to the people and future of the state.