Niger state assembly plans to dissolve 25 LG councils

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Following accusation of poor performance and misappropriation of fund, Niger State House of Assembly has passed a motion to dissolve the 25 Local Government Councils in the state.

The assembly also directed Gov. Abubakar Bello of Niger to immediately implement the resolution and conduct fresh council elections within 90 days.

This was contained in a report by the House Committee on Local Government read at plenary by the committee chairman Hon. Abdulmalik Kabir (APC-Paikoro),

The motion which was seconded by Hon. John Bahago (APC-Munya), directed the chairmen of the 25 councils to handover to Directors of Personnel Management (DPM).

The lawmakers upheld that the legislative councils have failed to hold meetings and sittings as required under Section 38; subsection (1) of Niger local government law, 2001.

Also, the Assembly noted that none of the council’s legislative arms had up to 50 sittings, which was short of the required 90 by law; the highest number of sittings by the councils was put at 47 in two years.

The Assembly decried the absence of the chairmen from office and indiscriminate award of contracts.

 

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