Groups blast Bello over unequal redistribution of appointments

The Chairman of the Niger East Peoples’ Forum, Barrister George Koce, while addressing newsmen on Saunda, said the recent redistribution of Permanent Secretaries in the state favoured both Niger North and South against Niger East Senatorial District

Unhappy by the distribution of appointments to the people of Niger East Senatorial District (Zone B), some groups have protested and condemned the redistribution of appointments of both political and public officers‎ in state.
The Chairman of the Niger East Peoples’ Forum, Barrister George Koce, while addressing newsmen on Saunda, said the recent redistribution of Permanent Secretaries in the state favoured both Niger North and South against Niger East Senatorial District.
Also, a ‎group of youths numbering over 500 protested the marginalisation of the people of Zone B by the state Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello, in the appointment of officers into various positions.
The group, under the aegis of Gbegnu Boknu Yakwo Youth Association‎, while protesting with placards, expressed dissatisfaction.
They said the appointments were not in line with the principles of equity and fairness among the people of the state.
Expressing dismay, the state Chairman of the group, Comrade Danjuma Paiko, said: “We are not happy with the appointments done so far by the governor, such as the Secretary to the State Government and the redistribution of Permanent Secretaries.
“We, the people of Niger East Senatorial Zone have not been treated well despite the large number of votes gotten from the zone during the 2015 general elections.
“We call on the state government to as a matter of urgency consider the plight of Zone B to re-address all these anomalies before the local government elections‎.”
However, in his reaction, Bello said only technocrats who will be able to deliver to the people will be appointed.
The Chief Press Secretary to the Governor‎, Ibraheem Dooba, who spoke on behalf of his principal, said the people should be concerned about development in the state and not appointments.
Dooba, while calling for patience, disclosed that a list of Advisers had been drawn by the governor ‎and that names of Commissioners will be announced soon.
“In terms of representation, everybody will be well represented,‎ but some appointments are done to de-emphasise politics, especially that of the SSG. Only technocrats will be appointed,” he added.

 

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