Niger Assembly rejects Bello’s commissioner-nominees

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By Aideloje Ojo


Niger state House of Assembly has rejected the commissioner- nominees sent by Governor Abubakar Sani Bello over two months ago, citing technical reasons.
The Assembly unanimously resolved to send back the list of commissioner-nominees yesterday, requesting the Governor to resend a list of commissioners because the earlier list had expired.
The House, in its sitting, yesterday threw back the list of the nominees to the Governor, saying that the House was too occupied with other legislative activities and, therefore, the list should be re-submitted on a later date.
Blueprint learnt that the Governor had sent the list of 18 commissioner-nominees to the House for screening and confirmation after the resolution of the entire cabinet two months ago.
Rejecting the list of the commissioner nominees during its plenary, the House in a motion of urgent public importance moved by the member representing Bosso constituency, Hon. Malik Madaki Bosso, argued that the schedule of the House “is so tight that very important matters are numerous and have long been pending for legislative actions and the refusal to attend to them will draw the state far backward.”
In addition, he said “it will be more suitable and convenient if the screening of the nominated commissioners is carried out at a period the house will conduct such assignment or task within a continuous period of time.”
The House, therefore, unanimously resolved that “the list of the nominated commissioners submitted to this house for screening and confirmation is hereby returned to the Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello, to be re-submitted when we are done with our pending assignment.”
The House noted that its action was in the interest of the state and in compliance with the provision of Section 192, sub-section 5 that the list be sent back to the Governor.

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