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Published On: Wed, Oct 16th, 2019

Niger ex- Councilors threaten legal action over unpaid allowances

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From Yakubu Mustapha, Minna.

The Niger State immediate past councilors (2016-2019) have prevailed on Governor Abubakar Sani Bello to effect the payment of their severance allowance entitlements before the conduct of upcoming council elections or take legal action against government.
Chairman, Committee on Allowance Recovery 2016-2019 Local Government Councils, Hon. Aliyu Abubakar made this known during a press briefing yesterday in Minna, appealed to the Governor to ensure that his approved money was released accordingly.
The leader of the group told Governor Abubakar Sani Bello to prevailed without further delay on the state Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs whom they accused of being reluctant to release their entitlements to them in line with the government policy of change mantra and next level.
Abubakar while speaking on behalf of the 274 ward councilor of the 25 local governments in Niger state however said that they have resolve and threatened to go to EFCC and ICPC if nothing is done haven left office about nine months ago.
He lamented the all of them are married men and women with children and other dependents confronted with their liabilities presently languishing in poverty and unlimited bank loans as well individual depts hence the need for government to sympathized with them.
He recalled that “we are all elected into office and served for three years and honorably finished our tenure with meritorious disengagement which common sense should tell every responsible government that we are rewarded, that is not done. Talk less of our entitlement which government needs not to await to ask for the payments,” he stated.

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