Niger to dissolve executive council tomorrow
The stage is set for the dissolution of the Niger State Executive Council (exco) tomorrow. Governor Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu has sent a list of nominees to the House of Assembly for confirmation.
The dissolution was slated for yesterday, but the executive council meeting did not hold because Aliyu was in Abuja for the three- day fidau for the Vice President’s Namadi Sambo’s younger brother. The meeting may hold tomorrow.
In an April 28 letter, the governor sent five names for consideration and confirmation for appointment.
His action, Aliyu said, was “in compliance with Section 192 of the 1999 Constitution”.
The nominees include Aliyu’s Chief Press Secretary Malam Danladi Ndayebo, Abubakar Tukur, the Accountant-General, Isah Liman Kantigi, Chairman, Edati Local Government Council and Chairman, Forum of Local Government Chairmen, Abdulkarim Suleiman Mazakuka and Lawal Abbas Mohammed.
Their screening begins on May 7.
The Nation, two weeks ago, exclusively reported that the governor had given all commissioners and special advisers till end of last month to prepare their handover notes.
It was gathered that more names may still be sent to the Assembly as no fewer than six commissioners and four other principal officers are likely to contest for election in 2015.
Two of them, a commissioner and a special adviser, confirmed the possible dissolution of the state executive council tomorrow.
The commissioner said: “We had expected the dissolution last week. We had a long council meeting and everybody thought the chief servant (governor) will thank all of us and ask us to hand over to permanent secretaries. All of us have since written our handover notes before the April 25 deadline given by the governor.”
The special adviser said: “Since we couldn’t meet yesterday and today is public holiday, we hope the council will meet tomorrow and the governor may likely dissolve the council.
“For me and virtually all commissioners and special advisers we are ready with our hand over notes.”