Niger Commissioner’s screening put on hold-law maker.

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FROM Lateef Taiwo

Following alleged lack of fairness justice in the recent list of commissioners submitted to the Niger State House of Assembly by governor Umar Mohamed Bago members have stalled the screening of commissioner nominees saying that it is not fair to have only three Christians in the list out of 30 names.

Shortly after the state house of assembly were presented with the list the speaker a
Abdulmalik Sarkindaji was said to have summon an emergency meeting of the lawmakers during the weekend and questioned the unfairness in the list owing that only 10% of Christians made the list.

One of the member representing Lavun constituency,Rt,Hon Yusuf Baba Dabban, while Speaking at the annual state convention of women wing of Christian Association of Nigeria (WOWICAN),Niger state Chapter at the cathedral Church of st John Kutigi,the lawmaker said the screening of the Commissioner nominees have been suspended until there is an adjustment to scale it up to at least twenty five percent of Christians.

The lawmaker further explained that “Christians and Muslims in the State are one. We (Lawmakers) have asked that the list be adjusted.” Dabban re-emphasized

“When we go through the list we discovered that there is no iota of guardian ,as such we the members particularly the principal officers are making recommendation that Christians should form 30 percent or 25 percent of the executive council”.

The list of Commissioners designated submitted to assembly had only three Christians which includes, Elizabeth Shaba from Paikoro, Ibrahim Mami Ijah from Tafa and Mourice Magaji from Munya as the only Christians out of 30 names submitted to the house.

“I personally invited the Deputy Speaker, Hon. Afiniki Eunice Dauda to attend this convention but because of the unfairness in the list, she and others have scheduled a meeting to see that the Governor acts fast.”

“I can assure you by the special grace of God something must change on that list. The truth is that we are not fighting each other but we must tell ourselves the truth.”

Earlier, the State Chairperson, WOWICAN, Deaconess Deborah Amina Gana had called on the State Governor, Umar Bago to treat all Nigerlites as one irrespective of religious, tribal or political affiliation.
According to Deaconess Gana, “our dear Governor, in your appointment, be fair and just as you promised and assured us before and after you emerged as Governor.

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