Niger Assembly recommends suspension of 15 LG chairmen over loans without due process

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The Niger state House of Assembly Committee set up to look into contract financing loans to the twenty-five local governments has recommended the suspension of fifteen chairmen in the state.

This decision was taken by the House to pave way for smooth and uninterrupted access for the committee to effectively discharge their duties.

The Chairman of the committee, Abdulmalik Madaki Bosso while presenting the report said the fifteen councils Chairmen include Mokwa Gbako Suleja Gurara Tafa Paikoro Bosso Agwara Borgu Kontagora Wushishi Magama Mariga Mashegu and Rijau.

He said the move was in line with the provisions of sections 128 and 129 of the constitution of Nigeria 1999 as amended and the provision of section 90 subsection 1a, b and c of the local government law 2001 as amended.

The chairman of the committee alleged that most of the suspended Councils Chairmen have collected the loan without following the due process which he noted is unacceptable by the House.

“The problem had added an extra burden to the smooth running of local government administration in the state,” he explained.

However, Bosso further instructed the deduction of N8m each from local government councils for loan repayment to be suspended for the failure of the ministry to obtain the house’s resolution as provided in section 97 subsection 1 of the local government councils law 2001 as amended.

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