The Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong has moved to split the Jos traditional council just like his counterpart in Kano state. In what is perceived as vendetta against the traditional council is aimed to reduce the influence of the paramount ruler of Jos, Da Jacob Gyang Buba, known as the Gbong Gwom Jos.
The governor has ordered for the splitting of Jos traditional council into two Traditional Councils. The two new councils are to be known as Jos North and Riyom Traditional Councils, which will also have two different traditional stools.
In a memo written by the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Dayyabu Garga, to the chairmen of Jos North and Riyom Local Government Areas this revelation was made know to the public but Gbong Gwom Jos was not consulted nor were any of his members in the council consulted.
Daily Tells can authoritatively disclose this moves by the government of Plateau state because copies of the memo were made available to journalists yesterday and Daily Tells was privy to have a copy of the mem.
According to the meme, it stated that all the graded chiefs, district heads, village heads and their staff, who are from both local government areas, should henceforth constitute members and staff of the newly created traditional councils.
The memo cited the constitution to support and explained that Governor Lalong’s decision was in compliance 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, respectively.
Lalong had before now created new chiefdoms and upgraded some chiefdom in Anaguta, Aten of Ganawuri in Jos North and Riyom respectively.
Reacting yesterday, Da Gyang Buba said he remained the paramount ruler of Gbong Gwom Jos.
Speaking to Daily Trust through his media aide, Alex Rwang Pam, Gyang said: “The position of Gbong Gwom Jos was the one gazetted and nothing has altered the provisions of that document.”
Rwang Pam went further to explain that the position currently being occupied by Da Jacob Buba was first institutionalized as Sarkin Jos on August 28, 1947, explaining that it was much later that the Berom people re-coined the name to their own language “since ‘Gwom’ means ‘Sarki’ in that language.”