Niger House of Assembly sacked the chairman of the state’s Independent Electoral Commission, Alhaji Baba Aminu on Tuesday.
Mr Malik Madaki (APC-Bosso) said the law establishing the electoral commission and Nigeria’s 1999 Constitution empowered the lawmakers to take the action.
In announcing the decision, Speaker of the House, Mr Abdullahi Bawa (APC-Tafa), said two-third of members of the house voted in favour of Aminu’s removal.
He said he was sacked for “his inability to discharge the functions of his office ranging from inability of the mind and for misconduct’’.
Earlier, Mr Ahmed Bello, (PDP-Agwara) moved the motion for Aminu’s sacking and was seconded by Hajiya Binta Mamman (APC-Gurara).
The lawmakers had earlier invited Aminu and the state’s Attorney-General to appear before the house on Sept. 22 to explain why preparations for local government elections had not been suspended despite their resolution.
They argued that the preparations ought to have been suspended since there was a pending matter in court about the exercise.
Aminu honoured the invitation where he told the lawmakers that he was not answerable to them, but to his principal, the governor.
He stressed that he had not received any directive from his principal to suspend the exercise scheduled to hold in November.
He said also that he was aware of the pendency of a matter about the election in court, but was yet to receive directives from his principal to suspend action.
He said N1 billion had already been approved for the conduct of the local government election, but that the Commission was yet to receive the fund.
In an earlier contribution, Alhaji Aba Bala (APC-Borgu) said it was obvious that Aminu’s loyalty was to his principal and expressed doubt that the chairman would be able to conduct free and fair elections.
The lawmaker representing Bosso Constituency at the Niger House of Assembly, Mr Malik Madaki, on Friday restated a call to the state government to direct the Niger State Independent Electoral Commission (NSIEC) to suspend conduct of local government elections.
He made the call said this in an interview with newsmen in Minna on Friday, saying that the decision of the state INEC to conduct local government election from Aug. 20 to Aug. 27 was against the provision of the Electoral Act The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that Madaki had on Aug. 2, in a motion at the plenary brought under matters of urgent public importance, called on the state government to direct the state INEC to suspend its intention to conduct local government election for non-compliance with the extant laws.
NAN reports the motion was adopted by the plenary and a resolution was reached calling on the executive arms of government to direct the state INEC to suspend the conduct of local government election.
Madaki explained that the plan by the state INEC to schedule parties primary election between Aug. 20 and Aug. 27 while the general election on Nov. 5, was against Section 20 of the Local Government Election Law, 2002 and Section 29 (1) of the Electoral Act. He said that section 29 (1) of the electoral Act 2002 provides that every political party shall not in less than 180 days before the date for general election submit to the commission in the prescribed forms list of candidates who won primaries.
According to him, the scheduled timetable by the state INEC for election is violation of the Electoral Act and laws.
“This issue is clear and no argument about it except those criticising our stand have personal or interior motives, this is the position of the law, and anyone who don’t believe in it should come up with his own to counter our stand.
“I want to call on the governor not to allow mischief-makers lead him on the wrong pact, those criticising the position of the assembly are noise makers, what we are talking about here is the law,’ he said.
Madaki said that the state commission could go ahead and reschedule timetable in accordance with the laws, adding that election could not hold based on the timetable they have released.
He said that Section 150 Sub-section 4 of the Electoral Act provides that any official of the state commission who contravenes the provision of the sub-section (1) commits an offence and shall be subjected to prosecution as if he were an official of the commission who commit the same offence under this Act.
The Niger State House of Assembly on Tuesday asked the state government to stop the state Independent Electoral Commission (NSIEC) from conducting the scheduled local council election.
This was the resolution of the house after a motion presented by Mr Malik Madaki, member representing Bosso Constituency, calling on the house to direct NSIEC to suspend it’s intention to conduct local government election, due to non-compliance with the extant laws.
Reading the resolution, Speaker of the House, Abdullahi Bawa, urged the state government to direct NSIEC to suspend the scheduled timetable and comply with Section 20 of the Local Government Election Law, 2002 and Section 29 (1) of the Electoral Act, 2022. Earlier in his motion, Madaki said the tenure of the present council executives would expire on or before Dec. 12. He said NSIEC recently published a timetable for the conduct of local government election in the state and the timetable scheduled parties’ primary election between Aug. 20 and 27, while the general elections fixed for Nov. 5. The lawmaker explained that from Aug. 27 to Nov. 5, 2022 was 39 days between the date of primary election and the general election which was less than 180 days provided by the law.
He said the extant laws which provided for the conduct of council election law 2002 were the Electoral Act 2022, the Niger State Local Government Council Election Law 2002, the Niger State Local Government Law 2001. Madaki said section 20 of the state Local Government Elections Law 2002 provided that council elections shall be in accordance with the provisions of the Electoral Act, Local Government Law and any regulations made under section 19 of the law.
He added that section 29 (1) of the Electoral Act 2002 provided that every political party shall not, in less than 180 days before the date for general election, submit to the commission the prescribed forms list of candidates who won primaries.
He said it was clear that NSIEC would run foul of the law if it went ahead to conduct the council elections in the state as scheduled in the timetable.
The lawmaker, however, urged the house to direct NSIEC to suspend the scheduled timetable and comply with the local government election law and the electoral act.
The Niger state House of Assembly has directed the House Committee on Labour and Productivity to invite the state Head of Service over non-payment of salaries of some civil servants.
The House resolution followed a motion on a matter of urgent public importance presented by Mr Malik Madaki, member representing Bosso Constituency and seconded by Mr Andrew Jagaba, member representing Munya constituency.
The motion was calling on the state Salary Management Committee to pay salaries of civil servants who were yet to be paid their September salaries.
the News Agency of Nigeria reports that the state government had on Sept. 23 set up a salary management committee to screen civil servants in order to ascertain its civil service staff strength.
Speaker of the House, Mr Abdullahi Wuse, called on the executive to direct the committee to pay all outstanding salaries of civil servants who are not on the dismissal list before the payment of October salary.
Wuse noted that henceforth, the committee should not exercise action that would deprive civil servants of their salaries or pass judgment exept after submitting its report and recommendations.
In his motion, Madaki had disclosed that over 4,000 civil servants were yet to be paid their September salaries based on the directives of the committee to the office of the head of service.
He noted that civil servants who were yet to be paid their salaries were going through untold hardship and urged the committee to clear and settle all outstanding salaries of the affected persons.
Madaki noted that the committee should after the completion of the exercise submit its findings and recommendations before further necessary action.
“Until this is done, the committee has no basis according to civil service rules to direct the office of the head of service to suspend payment of any civil servant salary in the state,” he said.
Edited By: Ismail Abdulaziz
Niger State House of Assembly Ad-hoc Committee on COVID-19, on Saturday frowned at the failure of the state Task Force on the pandemic to distribute palliatives donated to the state during the lockdown.
Chairman of the Committee, Mr Malik Madaki, and Member Representing Bosso Constituency said this during an oversight function to the COVID-19 isolation centres and food stores in the state.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that palliatives donated over two months ago by the Private Sector Coalition Against COVID-19 (CACOVID19), and other donors to help reduce effects of the lockdown were yet to be distributed by the state Task Force.
Madaki said that though, the state had eased the lockdown, people of the state were yet to overcome its affects as many of them were living in hunger and suffering.
“If the food items have been kept here for over two months now and you said you are waiting for a distribution template from the donors, then you need to persuade them to come up with it as soon as possible.
“Our people are suffering and you know that hunger waits for no one and we can’t just sit and watch our people going through hardship while food items are locked up in our stores.
Responding, Ahmed Matane, Chairman of the state Task Forec on COVID-19 and Secretary to the State Government, said the palliatives were yet to be distributed because donations were still coming in.
He claimed that parts of the palliatives were distributed during the lockdown, adding that the committee was waiting for a template from the donors before distributing the items.
“We have received 88 trucks of palliatives from CACOVID-19 and three trucks of rice from the Federal Government, but we are still waiting for a template from the donors before distribution will commence.
“Hopefully, we will start distribution on or before Sallah celebration because the palliatives are meant for vulnerable groups.”
NAN reports that items kept at the Niger State Supply Company store are 94,194 cartons of indomie, 47,611 cartons of sugar, 9,000 bags of 10kg rice, and 43,311 cartons of macaroni spaghetti.
NAN also reports that at the Niger State Agricultural Mechanisation Development Authority (NAMDA) has a storage of 3,150 bags of 50kg rice, indomie 5,15 cartons, spaghetti 1,860 cartons, 1,236 of 5kg rice and 2,10 packs of 1kg semovita among others.
Edited By: Ese E, Ekama (NAN)
The Niger state House of Assembly has frowned at excessive collection of monthly bills by the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) in the state.
Alhaji Malik Madaki, member representing Bosso Constituency, stated this when he presented a motion seeking the contribution of the members in finding lasting solution to incessant billing by AEDC.
Speaker of the House, Abdullahi Wuse, while reading the resolution of the house, said that electricity consumers who contribute to purchase transformers by themselves and cables should not be made to pay bills until their money was refunded by AEDC.
He said that the house would constitute a 9-man ad-hoc committee to look into activities of the AEDC in the state.
Wuse said that the house should grant leave for the presentation of a bill to establish a regulatory agency to coordinator between AEDC and communities.
Earlier, Bosso in his motion, said that many communities contributed money to buy transformers, armoured cables, poles or through the support of political office holder when these items are needed or spoilt.
He said immediately the items were purchased and the light is restored, AEDC starts sending bills to such locations.
Bosso said he had purchased nine transformers for some communities under his constituency who were left in darkness for many months.
He said that the AEDC started to send in bills immediately light was restored without contributing to the restoration.
He noted that AEDC, in spite of being a profit making entity, refused to provide these communities with transformers.
“I spent over N4 million to buy transformer for a community that was left in darkness for seven months and AEDC has not refunded me or the communities the money used to buy those items,” he said.
He said that there was need to ensure that people who used their money to purchase any electricity item must benefit through non-payment of bills until the amount was refunded by AEDC.
Edited By: Ismail Abdulaziz (NAN)
The Niger State House of Assembly has impeached its Majority Leader, Alhaji Suleiman Nasko and Deputy Majority Leader, Mr Andrew Jagaba.
This followed the adoption of a motion by Alhaji Ndagi Baba, representing Lavun constituency and seconded by Alhaji Saidu Tama, representing Edati constituency during Thursday’s plenary.
Speaking on the motion, Baba said that the lawmakers had observed that the majority and deputy majority leaders were responsible for the slow movement of activities at the House, adding that the house under their leadership was not progressing.
But the Speaker, Mr Abdullahi Wuse, said that he was not notified of the decision to impeach them which was contrary to the Standing Order of the House.
Alhaji Mohammed Haruna, representing Bida II constituency, moved that the order read by the speaker be suspended and was seconded by Alhaji Malik Madaki, representing Bosso constituency.
Meanwhile, Alhaji Yabagi Akote, representing Gbako constituency, nominated Alhaji Abba Bala, as the new majority leader and was seconded by Mr Suleiman Gambo, representing Paikoro constituency.
Also, Alhaji Bashir Lokogoma, nominated Alhaji Binta Mamman, representing Gurara constituency, as the new deputy majority and was seconded by Malik Madaki, representing Bosso constituency.
Edited By: Ali Baba-Inuwa (NAN)