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Niger Gov Dissolves Local Council Caretaker Panels

Posted: Jul 1, 2015 at 5:28 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Chinwendu Nnadozie  –   Minna


Governor Abubarkar Sani Bello of Niger State has announced  the dissolution of the  25 Local Government Council Caretaker Committees in the state.

Consequently, the caretaker committee chairmen have been directed to handover all official documents in their possession to the Directors of Personnel  Management (DPM) in  their respective council areas. Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Dr. Ibraheem Dooba, disclosed this to newsmen at the Government House, Minna.

To avoid creating vacuum in council administration,  Dooba said the Directors of Personnel Management in all the 25 local government councils have been directed to ‘take charge’ until further notice. When asked of the legal implications of the state governments’ action, Dooba said the Governor consulted widely before the dissolution  and expressed optimism  that the new order will have no negative consequences on the All Progressives  Congress (APC) administration.

“The Governor consulted widely before dissolving the  council caretaker committee  chairmen and I am sure we will do anything that will go against the law, exceeding the constitutional three months mandate in office  before conducting council  election”.

Dooba also explained that Bello has consequently directed the Niger State Independent Electoral Commission (NSIEC) to prepare for possible conduct of local government council election soon.

“The government has not perpetrated any illegality by dissolving the caretaker committee chairmen constituted by the immediate past  Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) administration of Babangida Aliyu in January and  renewed in April, 2015,”  Dooba said.