Niger govt approves dissolution of NSIEC
Says ‘our devt policies may be tough’
Niger State Governor, Mohammed Bago, has approved the dissolution of Niger State Independent Electoral Commission (NSIEC), effective May 29, 2023.
The dissolution directive was contained in a statement, yesterday, by Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Abubakar Usman.
He stated: “Members of the commission are directed to hand over all property of the state government in their possession to the most senior director in the commission, with immediate effect.”
He also said his administration would soon come up with developmental policies and programmes that may be painful to some persons.
The governor gave the hint, over the weekend, in his keynote address at Sallah Durbar, known as Bariki, at Wadata Palace in Bida Local Council.
Bago appealed to those that might be affected by the policies to take it as contribution to fatherland.
While assuring the resident that he would fulfil his campaign promises in the area of security, potable water, quality education as well as good healthcare system, he enjoined the people to embrace agriculture for food security.
The governor also assured citizens that his administration would promote the state’s cultural heritage across the globe.
According to him, attention will be given to tourism and culture, just, as he promised, to rebrand Nupe Kingdom in line with his urban renewal policy.
He congratulated the Etsu Nupe for a successful Sallah Durbar and called for continuous prayer for the success of his administration.
Earlier, the Etsu Nupe and Chairman, Niger State Council of Traditional Rulers, Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar, disclosed that “the Bariki is part of the yearly Sallah,” which allows the people to display their rich cultural heritage.
Abubakar noted Bida as one of the 46 cultural cities in the world, adding that the city’s rich cultural heritage afforded its people opportunity to showcase their cultural heritage in South Korea and South Africa.
The monarch, however, admonished his subjects to be loyal and law-abiding, assuring that the emirate and the Council of Traditional Rulers would synergise with the state government to promote tourism in the state.
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