Niger Governor Reshuffles Cabinet

Niger, Abubakar BelloNiger State Governor, Abubakar Bello, on Tuesday made a minor change in his cabinet.

The governor redeployed the Commissioner for Land and Housing, Haliru Jikantoro, as well as his counterparts in Agriculture and Rural Development, Aliyu Abdullahi and that of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Kabiru Musa.

A statement by the Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Mr Jonathan Vatsa, after the last State Executive Council meeting for the year 2016 revealed that there would be more changes in 2017.

Governor Bello, who thanked the commissioners and council members for their cooperation and contributions, was not so impressed with their performances saying he could only give a pass mark of 60%.

“I commend every one of you but you must all sit up because 2017 will be a year of fulfilled promises. I can give you a pass mark of 60% but much is expected of you by next year.

“Everybody must sit up because we must deliver the dividends of democracy to the electorates,” he said.

Governor Bello redeployed the Mr Jikantoro to Local Government Affairs while Mr Abdullahi is to take over from him.

He also directed Mr Musa to take over from the Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development.

Similarly, the Permanent Secretaries of Ministry of Health, Dr. Umar Ibrahim Tiffin, that of Justice, Mr Ndagi Wali and the Director of Hospital Management Board, Dr. Makunsidi are to report to the Head of Service for new redeployment.

The Director of Planning and Statistics in the Ministry of Health would also resume at the Hospital Management Board.

While wishing all members a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year in advance, Governor Bello tasked them to show more commitment in carrying out their functions in accordance with his mandate.

He said that “more changes will come with the new year”.

Niger Governor Approves Revocation Of Land Allocations Within Zuma

Niger state governorThe Niger State Governor, Abubakar  Bello, has approved the revocation of all allocations of parcels of land around the neighbourhood of the famous Zuma Rock in Tafa Local Government Area of  the state.

The Commissioner of Land and Housing, Mr Haliru Jikantoro, in a memo to the Governor on Monday, sought approval for the revocation of the land within Zuma Rock.

Mr Jikantoro explained that Governor Bello gave the approval in exercising the powers conferred on him in consonance with the provisions of Section 28, sub-section 2 (b) of the Land Use Act of 1978.

He noted that the Governor’s action was based on the strategic location of the area, the need to preserve the natural endowment for collective benefits and above all, in the overriding interest of the public.

The Commissioner listed seven beneficiaries with a total of 248 hectares of land  affected.


Mr Jikantoro also directed all affected beneficiaries to return the grant or Certificates of Occupancy in their possession and settle amount outstanding within three months from the date of the revocation.

He, however, stated that beneficiaries with proof of un-exhausted improvement on their revoked plots may be entitled to compensation or alternative allocation of plot where appropriate.

Meanwhile, the State Commissioner for Information, Tourism and Culture, Mr Jonathan Vatsa, warned those engaged in commercial activities such as the local crushing and quarrying of granite behind the famous Zuma Rock to stop forthwith or face the wrath of the law pointing out that such parcels of land belong to his Ministry.

Niger Govt. Renovates Deputy Governor’s Residence With 16m Naira

niger-stateNiger State Government says it has spent 16 million Naira in renovation of the Deputy Governor’s residence to a befitting level.

The state government also earmarked 100 million Naira for the completion of the Sani Bello Housing Estate in Kontagora.

The state Commissioner for Works, Lands and Housing, Haliru Jikantoro, gave the figures while briefing reporters after the State Executive Council meeting in Minna.

He claimed the Deputy Governor’s residence was in total shambles and total overhauling was done during the renovation.

More Houses For People

Jikantoro said the developer for the Sani Bello Kontagora Housing Estate was supported to complete the estate because he was the only developer who continued working on the site when other developers left their sites at the cessation of the former administration and absence of fund.

The Commissioner also said that the present administration was looking into some projects by the former administration that were viable and people oriented, with the view to completing them.

He added that though the new administration intended to provide more houses for the people, there was no need to build more houses when there were houses that were yet to be completed.

Jikantoro further stated that the state government intends to take one project at a time to enable them deliver well.

“Whatever project we intend to undertake, we will face it one at a time so that we can do a good job in order to leave a legacy.

We will not dabble into all projects at the same time. We will pick one and complete it before moving into another project. The fact that Sani Kontagora Housing Estate is picked, does not mean that other housing projects in the state would be abandoned,” he said.

The Sani Bello Kontagora Housing Estate is currently at 85 per cent completion and the 100 million Naira advanced to the developer would complete the project in few months.