Niger Assembly criticises Gov. Bago over dissolution of commissions, boards, parastatals


The Niger House of Assembly convened on Tuesday to express its strong criticism of the dissolution of commissions, boards, and parastatals by the State Governor, Umaru Bago. The Assembly members were taken aback when a letter from the governor seeking approval for the dissolution was read during the plenary session in the capital city of Minna.

The letter, presented by Deputy Speaker Afiniki Dauda, detailed the governor’s request for the legislators to approve the dissolution of various entities under their jurisdiction. The governor’s decision to dissolve the commissions, boards, and parastatals was officially announced in a statement released on July 10 by Alhaji Abubakar Usman, the Secretary to the Niger Government. The dissolution also encompassed all political appointments made prior to May 29, 2023.

Upon hearing the governor’s request, several members of the Assembly, including Sani Umar (APC-Kontagora 1) and Mohammed Idris (APC-Tafa), expressed their deep dissatisfaction with the decision made by the executive arm of the government without prior consultation or notification to the legislature. The members viewed this as a breach of protocol and a disregard for the democratic process.

The Assembly members argued that such a significant decision, which directly impacts the governance and functioning of the state, should have been thoroughly discussed and deliberated upon by both the executive and legislative arms of government. They expressed their disappointment that the governor took unilateral action without seeking input or approval from the Assembly, which represents the voice and interests of the people.

Furthermore, the members emphasized the importance of collaboration and cooperation between the executive and legislative arms of government to ensure effective governance and the delivery of services to the people of Niger State. They highlighted the need for transparent and inclusive decision-making processes that involve all stakeholders, including the Assembly, in order to foster trust and promote good governance.

In response to the dissatisfaction expressed by the Assembly members, the governor’s office has yet to issue an official statement or provide clarification regarding the dissolution of the commissions, boards, and parastatals. The matter is expected to be further deliberated and scrutinized by the Assembly in the coming days, as the legislators seek answers and demand accountability from the executive branch.

As the debate unfolds, the people of Niger State are watching closely, hoping for a resolution that upholds the principles of democracy, promotes transparency, and ensures that the interests of the citizens are protected and advanced. The outcome of this dispute will undoubtedly have far-reaching implications for the governance and future development of Niger State.

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