LG admin: Niger govt outlaws operation of caretaker committees

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Niger State Government has outlawed the operation of caretaker committee in local government administration in the state. Only elected officials shall henceforth suprentendent over the third tier government.

The state governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello at the weekly state executive council meeting signed into law an amended bill of the Niger State Local Government Law 2001, recently passed by the Niger State House of Assembly.

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Commissioner for Justice and Attorney General, Barrister Danmallam Nassara disclosed this to newsmen after the weekly state executive council meeting in Minna, the state capital.

With the new law, only tenured democraticaly elected officers will run the administration of the grassroot government in the state.

Nassara said decision to democratise administration at the local level was in tandem with 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and Supreme Court judgement.

According to the Attorney General, “henceforth our local government shall be run by one democratically elected officials to another and there is no longer space for arrangement like caretakership and this is in line with Section 7 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended”.

He reteriated that the local Government amendment law has generated a lot of public interest and in keeping with his electoral promise, Governor Sani Bello took a bold step in ensuring that all arms of government in the state are run in accordance with the Constitution and in line with the best practices in developed democracy.

“Governor Abubakar Sani Bello has taken the bold step at ensuring that the local Government is democraticaly structured with elected officials at the helms of affairs, hence the sponsorship on an executive bill for the amendment to Nigeria State Local Government Laws of 2001”.
The Commissioner then assured Nigerlites that the next local government election will be conducted in accordance with the new law.

The attorney general further said that the governor also signed into laws two other bills. The Niger State Government 2019 Appropriation Law and a bill to provide for imposition and collection of tax on Satellite Devices on buildings.

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