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Niger Governor Sacks Commissioner For Works

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Governor Abubakar Sani Bello of Niger State has dropped the Commissioner for Works, Alhaji Ibrahim Panti, from his cabinet.

The governor made this known in a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Mary Noel-Berje, on Wednesday in Minna, the state capital.

The statement said Bello has directed Panti to hand over to the Commissioner for Planning, Alhaji Mamman Musa, with immediate effect.

He also directed the Commissioner of Finance, Alhaji Zakari Abubakar, to oversee the Ministry of Planning in addition to the Finance ministry.

However, the statement was silent on what becomes of Panti.

Meanwhile, the Northern Elders Forum (NEF) has told the presidency under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari to stop issuing unnecessary statements but rather settle down and get the job done.

The NEF secretary, Dr. Hakeem Baba-Ahmed noted that leadership is much more about taking action rather than talking and releasing statements about every issue.

Baba-Ahmed who spoke on Wednesday in an interview with The Punch in Abuja, spoke against the recent alarm by the federal government that some persons have planned to overthrow the current administration.

The statement released by the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, to the President, Femi Adesina added that the group plans to hold an illegal conference where a vote of no confidence will be passed on President Buhari.

“The Department of State Services, on Sunday, alerted on sinister moves by misguided elements to wreak havoc on the government, sovereignty and corporate existence of the country.

“Championed by some disgruntled religious and past political leaders, the intention is to eventually throw the country into a tailspin, which would compel a forceful and undemocratic change of leadership.

“Further unimpeachable evidence shows that these disruptive elements are now recruiting the leadership of some ethnic groups and politicians round the country, with the intention of convening some sort of conference, where a vote of no confidence would be passed on the President, thus throwing the land into further turmoil,” the presidency sai

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