Kebbi sacks council chairmen, holds election October 26
Monarch seeks more involvement in intervention projects
Governor Abubakar Bagudu has dissolved the executives of the 21 council areas of Kebbi State.
Consequently, the Kebbi State Independent Electoral Commission (KESIEC) announced an October 26, 2019 date for conduct of fresh election into the third tier of government.
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Abubakar Dakingari, said the dissolution followed the expiration of the two-year tenure of the council chiefs on Wednesday.
Announcing the date for the polls in Birnin Kebbi, the Commissioner in charge of Media and Public Affairs, Kabiru Muhammad, told newsmen that the decision was taken at the executive committee meeting of the commission.
He said nomination forms and other relevant documents could be obtained at the electoral body’s headquarters in the capital.
“This is to enable the political parties, stakeholders and the public to take note and commence all necessary preparations in respect of the forthcoming election,” he stated.
Muhammad sought cooperation of stakeholders for a peaceful, free, fair and credible election.
Meanwhile, the Emir of Argungu, Alhaji Samaila Mera, has appealed to donor agencies, especially the European Union (EU) and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), to engage more traditional and religious leaders in their intervention projects statewide.
He made the call yesterday when a delegation from the EU and UNICEF visited him in Arugungu, adding that the involvement of both institutions would fast-track attainment of the aims and objectives of the projects.
The monarch commended the international agencies for the renovation of healthcare centres in the state, noting that their participation had complemented government’s efforts in healthcare delivery.
“We hope you will extend the intervention because it has really helped the state, especially in outreach programmes, free drugs, renovation of healthcare centres, supply of hospital equipment and manpower,” he added.
Mera pleaded with the donor organisations to also construct doctor and staff quarters in all renovated health facilities to cater for emergencies.
The Guardian gathered that some 58 health centres worth about N1 billion were refurbished in phases one and two of the scheme across the state’s 21 councils.
The team leader and UNICEF Communications Specialist, Mallam Rabiu Musa, lauded the traditional ruler for his support to development partners, assuring him that his message would be relayed to the appropriate quarters.