SPEAKER BAWA WUSEBy Ibrahim Akawu

Niger state House of Assembly has invited the secretary to the state government to appear before its committee on Labour and Productivity to explain why there is a massive imbalance in political appointments and appointments into the state civil service.

Moving a motion of urgent public importance, member representing Bosso constituency, Hon Malik Madaki Bosso said analysis from appointments made so far by the present administration, some local governments have more persons appointed into positions than others.

He said political appointments such as Director Generals, Senior Special Assistants, Special Assistants, Political Mobilisation, Technical Assistants and other Assistants made so far were not in conformity with the provision of section 14 subsection (1) and (4) of the constitution of the federal republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended)

He said section 14; subsection (1) of the constitution provides that the government shall exist based on the principles of democracy and social justice.

According to him,”the provisions of section 14 subsection 4 further provides that the composition of the government of a state or any agency of such government shall be carried out in such a manner as to recognize the diversity of the people within its area of authority and the need to promote a sense of belonging and loyalty among all the people of the federation.

That section 15; subsection (2) of the same constitution went further to provide that national integration shall be actively encouraged while discrimination on the grounds of place of origin, sex, religion, status, ethnic or linguistics association or tie shall be prohibited”, he bemoaned.

He said for instance, a local government like Chanchaga has 95 persons appointed as special assistants while Mariga has only eight. He explained further that while Kontagora has 51 appointees, Gurara has only four.

Member representing Bida II, Engr Mohammed Haruna said equality must be applied in the distribution of appointment. He said government must strive to promote unity and confidence of the people and only just and fair treatment will ensure such.

However, Secretary to the Niger state government, Ahmed Ibrahim Matane when contacted said there was no imbalance in the appointment.

According to him, many factors were being considered for appointment into public offices and the administration was mindful of its responsibility as government elected on a popular platform.

He said compliance to federal character principle was a constitutional order and therefore the administration would not allowed itself to be found wanting.

“We have documented analysis of all appointments made and I can assure you that all the local governments, ethnic and tribal compositions and religion have been adequately represented in the government,” he disclosed.

He said appointment into public offices are still ongoing and if there was any perceived favouritism of one group against the other, government was ready to look into it and make amend.

 

 

 

 

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