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May 29 Countdown: Govt Activities Grounded In Niger

Posted: May 17, 2015 at 9:51 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Chinwendu Nnadozie, Minna


With barely two weeks to the end of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) administration in Niger State, government activities, particularly in Minna, the seat of power, have been virtually grounded except for the transition committee of the out-going and in-coming administrations, which has been in the form of meetings.

As the countdown to the May 29 handover date approaches, Nigerlites are in high spirits with lofty expectations from the in-coming All Progressives Congress (APC) administration of Abubarkar Sani Bello, who many had expected would have, by now, relocated from Kaduna in readiness for the fulfillment of the mandate he sought for and got from the people of the state.

This is yet to be as his campaign office, which is a short distance from Government House, Minna, and the APC state secretariat along Zarumai road, behind the Government House Lodge, hardly witness any political activities except for some youths who use the facilities as their abode.

While many see the absence of the in-coming Governor as part of his personal resolve to stay away and allow the transition committee work, others are of the opinion that the Governor-elect, as a committed businessman, would prefer to make good use of the remaining days for his business.

The situation of things in government ministries, boards and parastatals as citizens of the state await a new government is a bit unstable, except for contractors waiting for payment for completed jobs becoming a common feature in some government offices, even as  staff tidy up records should there be any change in office with the in-coming APC government.

The change as it has come to be in Niger State is also affecting business activities, particularly within Minna and its environs. Some shops in the market are still under lock and key even as many supporters of the in-coming administration made bold to put the picture of their preferred candidate who won in the last election in their business premises.

There is generally low patronage of goods and services in the state as many people complain of cash crunch. The current transition to another government, the first of its kind in recent times, is really taking its toll on citizens as observed by some respondents, including  Ebenezer Iyimoga, who described the situation of near stagnation in business and other concerns in the state as “very uncertain.”

According to Ebenezer, “We only sleep, wakebup and thank God, what will happen on May 29 or before then is only known by God. We will keep praying to God because what we are hearing about the in-coming government, I don’t know how it is going to work out.”