Youths in Niger East Senatorial district of the state have condemned the marginalisation meted out to their zone in the appointment of political officers in the state.
Governor Abubakar Sani Bello, while calling for calm urged the people to be more concerned about development in the state and not appointments.
But the group under the aegis of Gbegnu Boknu Yakwo Youth Association while protesting to the Niger State Government House, Minna with placards carrying various inscriptions like “Enough is Enough’, ‘Give us the real change,’ ‘We want good change’, ‘Bring our SSG’ and others, expressed dissatisfaction saying the appointments were not in line with the principles of equity and fairness among the people of the state.
The group, a Pan-Gbagyi socio-cultural group numbering over 500, while protesting in the major roads of Minna on Tuesday called on the governor to correct the irregularities in the appointment of officers into various positions.
According to the state chairman of the group, Comrade Danjuma Paiko “we are not happy with the appointments done so far by the governor, such as the Secretary to the State Government (SSG) and the redistribution of Permanent Secretaries.
“We, the people of Niger East Senatorial District (Zone B) 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, Governor Bello told journalists that only technocrats who will be able to work and deliver to the people will be appointed.
Speaking on behalf of his principal, the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Ibraheem Dooba said the people should be concerned about developments 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.
Paiko while calling on the governor to reverse the lopsided appointments for fair and just consideration, disclosed that, all efforts by the people of the zone to dialogue with the governor since June 3, 2015 proved abortive hence the protest to the Government House.
The governor was however not around to address the people as other state officials were at other events outside the Government House.

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