Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Kontagora emirship tussle triggers minor Niger cabinet reshuffle

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Gov. Abubakar Bello of Niger has redeployed Emmanuel Umar, Commissioner of Youth Development to the Ministry for Local Government and Chieftain Affairs, with immediate effect, following dispute over election of a new Emir of Kontagora.

A statement issued by Ahmed Matane, Secretary to the State Government, and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria in Minna, on Tuesday, announced the minor reshuffle.

It said: ”With the demise of the sixth Sarkin Sudan of Kontagora, late Alhaji Saidu Namaska on Thursday, 9th September, 2021,

”The Executive Governor of Niger State, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello directed the Ministry for Local Government, Community Development and Chieftaincy Affairs to conduct a transparent and accountable election of the new Sarkin Sudan, which took place on Sunday, 19th September, 2021.”

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The statement, however, said that the aftermath of the election was followed by a petition and misgivings.

“Therefore, to reinforce the State Government’s neutrality in the election process, a review of the process has been directed by Gov. Abubakar Bello .

“In this regard, the Commissioner, Ministry for Local Government, Community Development and Chieftaincy Affairs, Abdulmalik Sarkin Daji, has been temporarily moved to the Ministry of Youth Development.

“While, Mr. Emmanuel Umar, Commissioner, Ministry of Youth Development  has been temporarily redeployed to the Ministry for Local Government, Community Development and Chieftaincy Affairs,” the statement added.

The redeployments take immediate effect.

NAN

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