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We Will Expose Corrupt Govt Officials-Niger Govt

Posted: Dec 11, 2015 at 3:16 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)
Chinwendu Nnadozie
Snr Correspondent, Minna
The All Progressive Change (APC) government in Niger state says the administration is poised do work for the overall interest of Nigerlites and not just about preaching change for the sake of it but, ‘changing from negative traits to positive in doing all government businesses’.
Part of the administrations’ change agenda, the state commissioner for Information, Tourism and Culture, Mr. Jonathan Vatsa said will include exposing any corrupt government officials and as well spending more on citizens that voted for change.
“It is not going to be business as usual but we will pursue in practical terms a situation whereby all facets of the administration will imbibe the change mantra and this includes following due process in doing all government businesses and having zero tolerant for corruption”.
Niger state commissioner during the maiden weekly press briefing which took place at government house on Wednesday, said the government will focus more on; agriculture, health, education women and youths empowerment.    
Joined during the briefing by the state commissioners for Health and Health Services, Dr. Mustapha Mohammed Jibrin, Commerce, Investment and Industry counterpart, Hajiya Ramatu Mohammed Yar’Adua, Vatsa said the APC government will be very meticulous in handling all government monies.
The commissioners however told journalists that the era of wastages of public funds with impunity is over as it is going to be a clear variation from servicing those in the corridors of power to serving the entire Nigerlites in line with the electioneering campaign promises of Governor Sani Bello.   
“Many people are thinking that the change we are talking about is mere transfer of name from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the APC, no it is more than that. It is more about probity and due process in all government businesses for maximum results”.
“For politicians, the days of diverting public funds for personal aggrandizements are over and we will not condone any form of misappropriation of funds because we will expose any corrupt government official”, Vatsa said.
Vatsa said the commissioners have already hit the ground running with many of them studying the handover notes by the Permanent Secretaries who are also preparing their handing over notes possibly in a week’s time all these would have been done.

Two communities fight over relocation of market in Niger state
Gov Bello warns against taking laws into their hands
Chinwendu Nnadozie-Snr Correspondent, Minna
Governor Sani Bello of Niger state has warned that he will not take it lightly with any one or group of persons who take laws into their hands in protest over the relocation of the Lambata market to Izom town even as the aggrieved community reads political undertone to the relocation.

Members of the Lambata and Izom communities along the Minna-Abuja highway has been at daggers-drawn over who controls the weekly market which serves both local and inter-states businessmen, including the federal capital territory, Abuja.
While the people of Izom are celebrating the relocation, their Lambata counterpart who are reading political undertone to the relation is counting their losses as the market remains the main source of income to the community.
The state government’s announcement of the market relocation about three months ago from Lambatta town to Izom following the frequent blockade of the highway by traders during trading hours and as well records of accidents however did not come to many as a surprise as it is believed to be the only option to forestall frequent accidents along the road.
The cold war between Lambata and Izom communities however degenerated into open confrontations as the locals and some Fulani men had engaged in a free for all leading to the deaths of two Fulani herdsmen a trader.

The continued hostilities in the market our correspondent learnt prompted the state government to relocate the market to Izom, a more spacious and to end records of accidents and as well expected to bring about peace among the feuding communities.

After the relocation the patronage for their market was not as expected and this did not go down well with the traders who deal particularly in cows, sheep and goat brought in from different parts of the state are relatively cheap when compared to other surrounding rural markets.

To further compound their pains of the community, Izom people seeing that the newly relocated market is now more patronized than that of Lambatta they decided to fix the market day the same day as that of their rival, Lambatta, a development that the later could no longer stomach.

The crisis climaxed on Tuesday when aggrieved youths of Lambatta blocked the highway protesting the relocation of the market thereby not only robbing them of the economic benefits but ridiculing the people.

One of the traders, Idrisu told our correspondent that in actual fact the road was blocked along Lambatta axis by some aggrieved from Monday night to stop traders from taking their goods across to the Izom Tuesday market.

In retaliation, youths from Izom mobilized and confronted their common enemy as both sides used dangerous weapons on each other and in the melee that ensued wounding especially traders who were trying to cross to Labatta for the days’ business.

The timely arrival of police from the Suleja Area Command however saved what would have been bloodier as the reinforcement stemmed the tide of the crisis after throwing several canisters of tear-gas to disperse the warring youths.

Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) Niger state police command, ASP Bala Elkana when contacted confirmed the incident but said the situation had been brought under control, saying no life was lost.

Meanwhile, Governor Sani Bello of Niger state has condemned acts of lawlessness by the youths from Lambatta and Izom as he condemned the illegal blockage of the busy Suleja-Minna highway by some youth at Izom, in Gurara Local Government area of the state.

Governor Bello in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Jibrin Ndace said the government will not tolerate any act of lawlessness by anybody or group of individuals who seek recourse to illegalities as a way of expressing their grievances over relocation of the market.
The government will not hesitate to deal decisively with anybody found fomenting trouble or aiding or causing breach of public peace in any community in the state, adding that the blockage of the road in Izom for hours smacks of disrespect to Governor Bello who had personally waded into the issue.