From Yakubu Mustapha, Minna
The Niger state House of Assembly has dissolved the 25 local government councils in the state for non performance, misappropriation and have directed Governor Abubakar Sani Bello for the immediate implementation of the house resolutions to that effect.
The in its plenary session yesterday however received the local government house committee report chaired by Hon. Abdulmalik Muhammad Kabir representing Paikoro in their resolution and a motion moved then directed the governor to conduct of fresh election within three months.
The motion as seconded by Hon. John Paul Bahago representing Munya constituency had directed the chairmen to handover the affairs of the councils to their respective Director of Personnel Management (DPM).
The Assembly unanimously accused the chairmen for their “failure to discharged their duties and functions under the Niger state Law, 2001 in a manner conducive to the welfare and well- being of the people of their area of authorities”
They further said that the legislative councils have failed to hold meetings and sittings as required under Section 38; subsection (1) of Niger state local government Law, 2001 and not based on tenure for its dissolution.
Furthermore, during the lawmaker’s contributions it was discovered that none of the Councils legislative had never seated for 50 times rather than 90 times per session hence the highest sitting was 47 times in two years hence it’s only the state assembly who has the powers to determined the structure and management of the councils.
The legislators however expressed dismay over the Chairmen way of awarding contracts without due process and without approval of the legislative council enshrined under Section 75 subsection (1) of the Niger state local government law 2001 coupled with the several absences of the Chairmen from office.
It could be recalled that last week a High Court sitting in New Bussa has ruled against the Niger state government and its state assembly in the suit filed by the Social Democratic Party 14 other registered political parties , and 5 local government councilors over the reduction of the tenure of local governments in state.
The presided judge Justice Mohammed Mohammed however ruled that the state house of assembly in particular lacked the power to amend the local government (amendment ) law 2016 of Niger state published as Niger legal notice No1 as it did to which Governor Abubakar Sani Bello appended his signature to make it become law.