Niger dissolves LG caretaker committees, security men bar journalists from govt house
Briefing newsmen in Minna, Dr. Ibraheem Dooba, the Chief Press Secretary, CPS to the Governor Abubakar Sani Bello, said that the caretaker chairmen have been ordered by government to hand over to the Director of Personnel Management (DPM) in their various local government councils.
And in another development, journalists in the state were shocked when men of the State Security Service prevented the media men from entering into the Government House, under the pretext that they were not listed on the schedule of visitors for the day.
The journalists where billed to attend a press briefing by the governor’s spokesman, Ibraheem Dooba but on getting to the gate of the Government House they were told that they (security men) were given orders not to allow anybody who is not scheduled to enter into the Government House.
Announcing the dissolution of the caretaker committees, CPS, Dooba said, “The state government has dissolved the caretaker committee of all 25 Local Government areas in the state with effect from 24th. The Caretaker Chairmen have been directed to handover to Director of Personnel Management in the local government councils.”
He urged the people to remain calm as they await further information from the government on the date of the local government election adding that the DPMs will be running the local government pending when the local government election will hold.
Dooba further explained that the Caretaker Committees was dissolved because the committee was not appointed by the current government adding that, “since the government that appointed them have gone, it is natural for them to also go.”
Some of the journalists were shocked at this strange development because according to them, they have covered every successful administration in the state for the past 20years and therefore wondered why they could be so treated.
When the journalists demanded to know why they were been prevented from entering g into the government even after showing their NUJ identity cards, the security men said, “You people are not on schedule.”
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