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Govt set to review council chairmen’s tenure in Nasarawa

Governor-of-Nasarawa-State-Umaru-Tanko-Al-Makura-dp1The Nasarawa State Government on Friday expressed its determination to review upward the tenure of Local Government Chairmen in the state, describing the current one year tenure as unacceptable.

The Deputy Gov., Mr Silas Agara, made this known when the Nasarawa State Independent Electoral Commission (NASIEC) officials paid him a visit in Lafia.

Agara said the executive arm would work closely with the legislative arm to review upward the one year tenure set for local government chairmen in the state by the 4th assembly.

According to Agara, nothing meaningful can be achieved under such circumstance where an elected chairman’s tenure is limited to 12 months.

The deputy governor said their administration would collaborate with the just-inaugurated 5th assembly in the state to review the law, in line with the constitutional provisions.

Agara said the administration would also revamp and offer the electoral body the necessary support, despite its lean resources.

He, however, commended NASIEC for its fair conduct of the state’s 2014 local government election.
Earlier, the NASIEC Chairman, Dr Abdullahi Modibbo, said the visit was to show solidarity with the new deputy governor on the victory of his party which brought him to the office, alongside Gov. Umaru Al-Makura.

He, therefore, appealed to the state government to improve on the commission’s funding, to enable it discharge its duties effectively.

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