Niger Governor, Assembly Bicker Over Cost Of Governance, Size Of Govt

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Niger State Governor, Abubakar Sani-Bello
Niger State Governor, Abubakar Sani-Bello

From Tunde Suleman, Minna

Barely two months into their assumption of office, Governor Abubakar Sani Bello of Niger State and members of state Assembly are reportedly on collision course over the cost of running the Assemby, The Dream Daily has learned.

Investigation revealed that Governor Bello’s decision to reduce the Assembly’s overhead in order to minimise government expenses triggered the simmering feud. The Assembly had earlier cut down a list of 15 special assistants sent to it by Governor Bello to nine, ostensibly to save cost of governance.

Before now, it was learnt that the Assembly earmarked N110 million per month for its overhead, which the governor cut down about N90 million, a development the lawmakers found difficult to bear.

Also, a reliable source told The Dream Daily that out of the N90 million the governor promised the Assembly only N45 million was given to the lawmakers last month, fuelling the disaffection among the lawmakers.
It was also gathered that the decision of the Assembly to cut the governor’s list of special assistants did not go down well with the governor, which he allegedly claimed was too small for his government.

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