From Yakubu Mustapha, Minna.
The Niger State youths under various groups have berated the State House of Assembly for its predetermined two years package of reports of 25 local government councils within five day seeking for their dissolution.
This was disclosed yesterday in a joint press briefing by the Joint Civil/Rights Society of Niger Stage at which the groups noted that the assembly members committed the same offence having received hundreds of millions of naira as their constituency allowances, with nothing tangible to show for it.
Briefing journalists in Minna, the President and Convener of Youth Lead Nigeria, Comrade Mohammed Umar Etsu, urged the state Governor to receive the House of Assembly’s advise with an open mind but should order for a thorough review of the House report and resolution.
Etsu stated that the status quo must be maintained until further judicial pronouncement is made ad this would calm the already created tension in the state just as the house of assembly used all sort of means created by the Constitution to nail the councils who also have same constitutional powers that created them.
He said that instead of the assembly embarking on those aspects of their mandates that will have direct impact on the lives of an ordinary citizens like passing of appropriation bill, constitutional amendment bills, independent candidature bill only passed too young to run bill hence busy using the institution maliciously for selfish interests.
“The hurriedly packaged reports which was done within 5days to coincide with their predetermined 2 years in office of the local councils speaks more of malice and a hatchet job than an effort to right a wrong” he stated.
In same vein, Youth groups, Local Government Chairmen and Councilors have condemned the call for the dissolution of the 25 local government councils by the State House of Assembly describing it as a nauseating display of political powers.
The group under the auspices of Coalition of Local Government Youths Organizations while addressing Journalists at the state youth centre beside the Niger Assembly Complex, told members of the state Assembly obey the Court order by reinstating the affected persons.
Leader of the Group, Comrade Mohammed Saba told the lawmakers not to set an inimical example as defiance and violator of Court orders, saying that “it would endanger the democratic principles of the state”.
According to him “we demand, with a firm reference of the Nigerian Constitution that the Assembly should as a matter of urgency and political expediency, obey the court order by an immediate reinstatement of the Chairmen and their Councillors in all affected LGAs.
“They (lawmakers) must stay clear from the tenure fiasco of LGA Chairmen and Councillors as stated in 1999 constitution as amended which gives 3 year tenure.”
The protesters were carrying placards with the following descriptions like NSHA anti- masses, NSHA respect court order, LG 3years tenureship stands,
LGA must complete their tenure, Mr. Governor, NSHA is anti- democracy for flaunting Court order, Stop dragging the state down because of personal interest, take decision for the interest/benefits of all and a host of others.